Hendricks says plan is to fight GSP in Aug., explains hand injury

If you caught this past Saturday’s UFC 158 war between Carlos Condit and top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks, you were likely very entertained. Following a controversial (in some opinions) decision, Hendricks continued on his path to a title shot. During the post-fight press conference UFC President Dana White assured media that it will in fact be Johny Hendricks versus Georges St-Pierre next. The only question left for Hendricks after the announcement, was when he would be ready – considering the pain he felt in his left hand, early in the fight with Condit.

During last nights showing of UFC Tonight, Ariel Helwani reported that he spoke with the top contender, having this to say.

“Of course he had the big win on Saturday night, and after the win over Carlos Condit, he told us that he was afraid he may have broken his dangerous left hand. Well, that does not appear to be the case. I spoke to him today and he said he thinks what happened was he dislocated a couple of fingers early in the fight and then as the fight went on –of course it went the full 15-minutes– it popped back into place.

That’s why he was feeling so much pain after the fight but right now he doesn’t think he broke his hand and he’s going to have an x-ray just to make sure everything’s okay, but he’s pretty confident there was no break. He’s hoping that he’ll get the title shot against GSP in August. He says he’ll take it anywhere, anyplace, anytime. He’s really still on cloud nine after getting the shot, he’s in such a good mood right now.”

Six-straight victories in the organization, with spectacular finishes is enough to guarantee the 29-year-old the spot of top contender. Expect a summer showdown in the welterweight division between the two best.


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