UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks is one of the most humble, soft-spoken competitors on the organization’s roster. He rarely has a bad word to say about his opponents and is consistently grateful for the opportunities he’s been handed in life.
However, Hendricks’ attitude appears to be changing when it comes to a title-shot he not only feel he’s owed but has earned in the eyes of most by beating his last five opponents including knockouts of Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann.
“I’m not going to fight unless it’s for a belt. Nothing else matters but the belt. My last three fights were guys in the top five, and I finished two of those three fights. I stated my claim. My stock’s really high right now, and the only thing left is to get a shot at that belt,” said an animated Hendricks in an interview with MMAJunkie Radio. “I really want a belt. They don’t come around that often, and I feel like I’ve done enough to earn a shot, and that’s pretty much all I’m thinking of right now. I’m training for a five-round fight, and that’s it.”
Possibly interfering in his plan, or at least postponing it, champion Georges St-Pierre has been linked to possible pairings against fellow pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva and fierce rival Nick Diaz. GSP himself has not officially commented on what his next move will be, but Hendricks feels he already knows and it unfortunately doesn’t involve a bout with him.
“Here is a guy is trying to pull out a curveball saying, ‘We really don’t think we can win with this guy, but we think we can beat Nick Diaz.’ That’s what it sounds like to me,” assessed Hendricks of St-Pierre.
“He’s trying to keep money from my kids,” the bearded brawler concluded. “If I win that belt and take it from him, my life changes. He’s trying to not give me the fair shot. That’s crazy to me to think this guy is trying to control my future. That makes me want to win that much even more.”
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