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Dana White: “Johny Hendricks is next – and soon.”

Johny Hendricks - MMAWEEKLYAfter another flirtation with a potential superfight between UFC welterweight title-holder Georges St-Pierre and pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva, it looks like the organization is finally willing to recognize the match-up is a long way from becoming reality and taking a different direction instead. As such, 170-pound contender Johny Hendricks is on deck for a duel with GSP and, in the words of UFC President Dana White, the fight isn’t too far down the road.

“If he doesn’t want to do a superfight, nobody’s going to pressure him to do a superfight. That’s up to him. But Johny Hendricks is next – and soon,” revealed White in a conversation with MMAJunkie. “He’s next and soon. Soon, soon. Maybe in August.”

Hendricks holds an overall record of 15-1 including wins in his last six scraps. Among the notable victims on his current run are names like Martin Kampmann, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and most recently Carlos Condit. Comparably, St-Pierre owns a 24-2 mark in the ring and hasn’t lost in more than five years.

The UFC currently has three shows scheduled for August: UFC 163 (8/3 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), UFC on FSN 1 (8/17 – Boston, Massachusetts, and UFC 164 (8/31 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin).


  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    It’ll be interesting to see the reaction GSP gets when fighting outside of Montreal,or Canada for the matter.

  • MCM says:

    GSP used to fight outside Canada all the time. It’d be nice if he started doing it again. I think Boston is a great venue as it’s close to Canada but is so all American that it should have a nice mix of both GSP and Hendricks (*chants* USA, USA) supporters.

    When GSP wins this, he should definitely move up to 185 thought as there is nothing for him at WW anymore.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Based on the comments White has made about UFC on FSN 1 I feel relatively certain GSP/Hendricks is going to land there as the main event (assuming both are healthy enough to go).


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