Johny Hendricks may look to be the number one contender on paper to Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight title, however it’s not always who deserves a shot, but who the ‘majority’ want to see. And unfortunately for Hendricks, there are two fights with higher interest in seeing fight the current champ before him. One being against Anderson Silva and the other being the villain-ish Nick Diaz.
“I’m not going to fight unless it’s for a belt,” Hendricks on Friday told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “Nothing else matters but the belt. My last three fights were guys in the top five, and I finished two of those three fights. I stated my claim. My stock’s really high right now, and the only thing left is to get a shot at that belt.
“I really want a belt. They don’t come around that often, and I feel like I’ve done enough to earn a shot, and that’s pretty much all I’m thinking of right now. I’m training for a five-round fight, and that’s it.”
Should St-Pierre refuse to take the bout, Hendricks says he will see this as GSP directly refusing financial gain to his family.
“He’s trying to keep money from my kids,” Hendricks said. “If I win that belt and take it from him, my life changes. He’s trying to not give me the fair shot. That’s crazy to me to think this guy is trying to control my future. That makes me want to win that much even more.”
In short, Hendricks believes that the avoidance of him is fear, believing that St-Pierre’s coaches comments about Diaz being the top contender are hand chosen.
“Here is a guy is trying to pull out a curveball saying, ‘We really don’t think we can win with this guy, but we think we can beat Nick Diaz.’ That’s what it sounds like to me,” he said.”