Johny Hendricks and his fans can rejoice, as UFC President Dana White announced Thursday that the feared slugger will be the next man to fight welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre. Yes, Hendricks has heard this before, more than once, but this time it sounds like it’s a done deal. As in for sure…
White predictably had to field questions today at UFC 159 media event about the likelihood of a super fight between Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva. Earlier this week, St. Pierre said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” that moving to lightweight would be “easier” than adding bulk to face the middleweight champ.
So, while discussing the possibility of a super fight and what’s next for GSP, White stated (quote via MMA Weekly.com):
“If he doesn’t want to do a superfight, nobody is going to pressure him to do a superfight. That’s up to him,” said White. “But Johny Hendricks is next, and soon. Maybe in August.”
St. Pierre has consistently noted that Silva is a much bigger man than him, and as a result, a fight with the superstar would likely end his run at welterweight. In other words, St. Pierre would fight Silva, but don’t bet on it anytime soon.
The GSP- Hendricks fight could take place at the UFC’s first FOX Sports 1 card which will be hosted by Boston on August 17th.
White also added that he’s hoping to ink a fight between Jon Jones and Silva, provided both men win their upcoming bouts. Jones will take on Chael Sonnen Saturday at UFC 159 and Silva will meet Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6th.
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