MMA fans can sleep well tonight, as UFC President Dana White has confirmed welterweight Johny Hendricks is indeed on deck for a crack at champion Georges St-Pierre regardless of Nick Diaz’s pleas to be paired with GSP one more time. The trio of talented 170ers all saw action last night with St-Pierre outpointing Diaz in convincing fashion and Hendricks beating Carlos Condit by decision in the evening’s Fight of the Night.
White’s words came to Fuel TV after the event’s conclusion while reviewing UFC 158.
“No, he wouldn’t get a rematch off that fight,” said White of Diaz’s request for a rematch. “There’s no doubt Johny Hendricks deserves the next shot.”
Though Diaz has said he is likely to retire without a second go at St-Pierre, White isn’t willing to change his mind and won’t try and talk the controversial Californian out of his decision either. However, the outspoken executive definitely hopes Diaz reconsiders his stance even if he seems like a handful based on his occasionally bizarre behavior.
“Nick’s not the trouble you think he is. I’ve had guys who were a lot more trouble than Nick Diaz,” White offered up in support of the Stockton resident.
The full interview with White can be found below where he also talks about his appreciation for the effort in Hendricks-Condit, Jake Ellenberger’s return to prominence, and the decision to have Ronda Rousey coach on TUF 18:
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