UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks has never backed down from a fight and doesn’t plan on doing so in regards to the title-shot he not only feels he’s owed but deserves in the eyes of most. The 14-1 Hendricks has come out with his hand raised in five consecutive clashes, taking out a number of notable foes including Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, and Martin Kampmann. However, champion Georges St-Pierre is apparently interested in settling a personal score with Nick Diaz and seems destined to duke it out with him in early 2013.
As a result, the typically reserved Hendricks has spoken up loudly and often on the matter, doing so once again in a recent interview with Sherdog Radio where plead for a single opportunity in place of the two Diaz has already had.
“If he’d have beat Carlos Condit, he would have been fighting GSP at that time and you’ve also got to think, Nick Diaz did have a chance to fight GSP a year and a half ago. He didn’t show up to his press conference. He’s had two shots to get GSP. All I’m asking is for one,” said Hendricks. “If he gets to take it after a year layoff and a loss, then it is what it is. You know what I mean? Enough being said, right? Here I’ve been in the last year, I’ve fought three guys in the top five and I’ve beat them all.”
Diaz would have earned a crack at St-Pierre if he’d taken out Condit this past February, though the bout would never have actually materialized based on the controversial Californian testing positive for marijuana metabolites and receiving a yearlong suspension. He was also scheduled to face GSP months earlier before ducking out on a pair of media obligations and having the fight go to Condit. Ironically, that tilt fell apart too when St-Pierre suffered a minor knee injury and had to withdraw.
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