It seems like Johny Hendricks is getting the Jon Fitch treatment, because despite being 9-1 in the UFC, he still has not been granted a title shot. It is even crazier when you realize that Hendricks has earned three “knockout of the night” bonuses in his last five fights, and two of those knockouts were over top contenders Fitch and Martin Kampmann. Nick Diaz is getting the title shot instead of Hendricks because Georges St. Pierre believes that Hendricks truly lost his fight against Josh Koscheck. Of course, he does not consider the fact that Diaz lost to Carlos Condit in his last fight, and is coming off a year-long suspension for drugs. What does Hendricks have to say about all of this?
“My reaction was like, ‘Really?! You’re an idiot.’ He said that Condit really did beat Nick Diaz, know what I’m saying? He said, ‘I’m fighting the true number one contender Carlos Condit,’ and now, he’s going backtracking and saying, ‘Well, I think [Hendricks] lost.’ Who cares? You don’t get to decide. He’s not a judge. He’s not a judge. He’s a fighter. He’s paid to fight and he’s paid to fight me.”
For most fighters that would be enough to drive them crazy, but Hendricks is not most fighters. Aside from being one of the more consistent fighters in the welterweight division, he also has one of the biggest drives to be a champion. This turn of events has just turned his intensity to another level.
“The fact that he was able to ask and get this request [to fight Diaz], the only thing this is, is it gives me more drive. It’s not like I didn’t have enough but what’s gonna happen is, whenever I look across the cage, he’s not going to see fear. He’s not gonna see anything. All I want to do is I want to fight him. I want to look across and see GSP and that might be something he’s not used to. I don’t know. I don’t know why he didn’t take the fight but I guess I wouldn’t want to fight me as well.”
Hendricks will have to get past his UFC 158 opponent Jake Ellenberger to make this match happen, but he is clearly a man on a mission. If he finishes Ellenberger like he has many other opponents, there will be no denying his title shot. If he keeps fighting, he may be able to keep fulfill his promise of bringing the fight to GSP by the end of 2013.