It’s been less than 24 hours since UFC President Dana White said he’ll green light a “super fight” between Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva, if GSP asks for one, and Johny Hendricks doesn’t seem overly enthused about it.
Considering Hendricks was expecting to challenge the welterweight champ earlier this year, only to be leapfrogged by the un-retired Nick Diaz, this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Speaking to MMA Junkie Radio, Hendricks reportedly said that while he understands why St. Pierre would want to take a fight with Silva (clearly Hendricks also understands its nice to make lots and lots of money), he’s not prepared to compete in yet another number one contender tilt.
“I don’t mind that he goes for Anderson Silva,” Hendricks said. “I understand why he would. I don’t know if he has a good chance to win, but if that’s what makes him say, ‘Hey, I really want to do that,’ go for it. I just don’t want to be sitting here fighting for No. 1 contender spots while he’s doing that.”
A “fair enough” seems about right no? After all, Hendricks thought he would get his crack at St. Pierre after he sent Martin Kampmann crashing to the cage last November, and now, he’s also defeated former interim champ Carlos Condit.
If St. Pierre does indeed decide to move up to middleweight and fight Silva next, the champion has said that would put a wrap on his title reign at welterweight. If that happens, who would throw down with Hendricks to determine the new champion? The winner of the upcoming, UFC on FOX 8 titl between Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger? That seems about right.
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