Fighters are typically secretive when it comes to how an adversary is being approached. However, UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks has no problem letting champion Georges St-Pierre what he can expect when the two eventually lock horns later this year.
“I’ll tell you my gameplan. I’m gonna hit you with my left. If that doesn’t work I’m going to try to take you down. If that doesn’t work, I’m going to find a way to win Georges,” promised Hendricks in an interview with MMA Fight Corner. “One thing that he cannot prepare for is my heart, my speed, and my determination to win.”
“He says to everybody, ‘You’ve not faced anybody like me’. Well guess what? He’s never faced a 208-pound welterweight that has power and is a true wrestler,” added Hendricks, admitting he doesn’t have St-Pierre’s technical skill but is vastly superior when it comes to separating opponents from consciousness. “They said I’m not a very good striker. Probably not. But for one I don’t mind getting hit. And two, can you hit me as hard as I can hit you?”
The 15-1 Hendricks has eight knockouts notched on his record including those over Amir Sadollah, Martin Kampmann, and Jon Fitch. Though St-Pierre has the same number of strike-based stoppages in his career he has ten more tilts and hasn’t finished an opponent in any of his last six scraps.
No card has been attached to St-Pierre’s defense against Hendricks though UFC President Dana White recently confirmed it would be booked at some point soon.