Johny Hendricks has heard all the rumors of a potential Georges St-Pierre return to MMA.

For the time being, Hendricks is leaving them at just that as he prepares for a 2016 encounter with Stephen Thompson.

However, if the former welterweight champion would decide to step back inside the Octagon, “Bigg Rigg” would gladly welcome him.

“GSP might come back (laughs). If GSP comes back, guess who wants to meet him? This guy,” he said, during a recent interview on Submission Radio. “So there’s a lot of things that can come into play by the time my fight gets here, and that’s really what I’m looking at. It might take two. It might take two, it might only take one fight, but I always prepare for the worst. It might take two fights, and then by the beginning of next year I might fight for the title again, good lord willing. Or hey, something even better, I can go out there, I can finish ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and I can get the next title shot. You just never know.”

Despite all that, a fight with GSP would not be one Hendricks would take over competing for the belt he once wore. Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit square off in January for the title.

“It’s more important for me to fight for the belt. Because here’s the thing, if GSP does come back – it’s sort of funny, the rumors started to happen whenever I sort of got pushed in the back and everybody thought I was going 185. And so realistically, the last what, two months the rumours started popping out? So realistically for me, it’s always the belt,” he said. “Like I said a long time ago, the reason why I trained for GSP and I wanted all these things with him, is because he had the belt. Right now, it’s training for Robbie Lawler or Carlos Condit, whoever wins the next belt, wins the next match. That’s all that matters for me.”

Hendricks (17-3) was scheduled to meet Tyron Woodley earlier this year, but issues with cutting weight scrapped the bout. He has won six of his last eight overall.