Jake Ellenberger: I don’t see Johny Hendricks being the champion a year from now

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UFC welterweight Jake Ellenberger believes champ Johny Hendricks is "definitely beatable" and is unlikely to hold onto the title for more than a year.

Jake Ellenberger has some harsh words for the UFC's reigning welterweight champ Johny Hendricks, whom he believes will not be in the title picture a year from now.

The 29-year-old Ellenberger, who is scheduled to face Robbie Lawler at UFC 173, believes Hendricks does not have the aura of invincibility that his predecessor Georges St-Pierre possessed.

"He's not like a GSP, where it's going to take something, you know, some crazy plan to beat him," Ellenberger told ESPN.com's Brent Okamoto. "To beat GSP, everything would have to be pinpoint and precise. With Johny, if you can threaten him with your power and dictate the pace, he's definitely beatable."

Hendricks was originally scheduled to face Ellenberger back at UFC 158, before Hendricks got the call to step in against Carlos Condit after Rory MacDonald suffered an injury, leaving Jake without a fight. He would eventually be rescheduled to face Nate Marquardt, who he defeated via KO in the opening round.

While Ellenberger is focused on his upcoming fight, he wholeheartedly believes that there is a wealth of talent waiting to flourish in the 170lb. division, which makes Hendricks' task of hanging onto the title far more difficult. He is looking forward to being a part of this "exciting time."

"I don't see Johny being the champion a year from now. There are so many good guys. There are big opportunities for anyone in the top 10. I'm not putting a lot of thought into it because I'm focused on this fight, but it's an exciting time."

UFC 173 takes place May 24 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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