UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks has told Ariel Helwani that Georges St-Pierre is avoiding him by asking for a fight with Nick Diaz. Speaking on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, the consensus number one contender for the UFC welterweight title was none too pleased at being overlooked by GSP and the UFC brass.
“I think that he’s trying to stay away from me,” Hendricks said. “What other reason is there? I tried to analyze it every which way. He said because Diaz talked trash. Who cares? I work out with guys that talk trash to me every day. People do talk trash and it’s all fun and games. Who care what somebody says over the internet or to your face? You fight to prove your worthiness. That’s the way I look at it, and I feel I proved I can go with GSP, and that I should go with GSP, and here he is keeping me out of that.”
Hendricks (14-1), coming off of three massive wins over some of the welterweight division’s elite including Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and recently Martin Kampmann, went on to voice his displeasure at Diaz passing over him, despite coming off both a loss and a suspension.
“More or less, I thought my heart got ripped out of me. I go out there and I try to do so much to prove I am the one who should fight GSP and GSP takes it away from me. All it’s doing is giving me more drive to want to fight him.”
So what is the UFC to do? Give the title shot to the man that’s higher in the rankings in Hendricks? Or give it to the man the champion wants to fight and who would probably make more money for the company in Nick Diaz? What will most likely happen is Hendricks fights once more and to challenge the winner of a GSP/Diaz title fight.
You wouldn’t have thought that GSP would be consciously trying to avoid Hendricks however, it’s probably more to do with the fact that Nick Diaz could lose one more fight and any potential fight between the pair would become less and less likely and justifiable.
Let’s just hope GSP’s next opponent is sorted out as soon as possible, so this saga doesn’t get dragged out any further.