In the minds of most, UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks earned a title-shot after coming out victorious in five straight scraps including finishes of ranked foes like Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann. However, champion Georges St-Pierre opted for action against Nick Diaz based on his desire to settle a personal score between the two and the UFC was happy to book it based on the potential for PPV buys.
Rather than rest on his laurels, Hendricks decided to take a tilt at UFC 158 where he’ll face Carlos Condit. Though the bearded brawler knows beating Condit is easier said than done, he’s also hungry for his chance to get his hands on GSP and isn’t willing to risk being passed over again.
“I gotta get past Carlos Condit. Once I do, it’s GSP time. If I beat Carlos Condit, nobody’s in my way,” said Hendricks yesterday at the UFC 158 open workouts in a conversation captured by MMAFighting. “GSP can’t hide forever. I think after this one, if I beat Carlos Condit, it’s GSP.”
“I want to look across the Octagon and say, ‘You have not faced anybody like me.’ That’s what his little quote is: ‘You’ve never faced anybody like me.’ Bullsh*t. You’ve never faced anybody like me,” he concluded.
Hendricks’ blend of high-level wrestling and knockout power make him one of the division’s most unique talents. He holds an overall record of 14-1 with past wins against Charlie Brenneman, Amir Sadollah, T.J. Grant, and Josh Koscheck.
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