UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks isn’t one to talk trash, preferring to focus his energy on improving his game rather than lashing out in hopes of getting attention. Though commendable, Hendricks’ humble demeanor may have cost him a title-shot after champion Georges St-Pierre opted to take a tilt with the smack-spewing Nick Diaz rather than the more-deserving 29-year old.
The situation has understandably gotten under the skin of Hendricks who recently told MMAMania he’s had a bonfire lit in his belly set to blaze until he eventually gets his bout with St-Pierre.
“It gives me more drive. It’s not like I didn’t have enough but what’s gonna happen is, whenever I look across the cage, he’s not going to see fear,” said Hendricks of St-Pierre. “He’s not gonna see anything. All I want to do is I want to fight him. I want to look across and see GSP and that might be something he’s not used to. I don’t know. I don’t know why he didn’t take the fight but I guess I wouldn’t want to fight me as well.”
Hendricks also labeled St-Pierre as an “idiot” for his recent statements pointing to Diaz as being ahead of him on the contendership ladder based on a mildly controversial decision “Bigg Rigg” was awarded against Josh Koscheck. As fans know, Diaz was outpointed by Carlos Condit in similarly narrow fashion a year ago when he last saw action, making St-Pierre’s approach somewhat hypocritical.
In order to get to GSP, Hendricks will have to defeat Jake Ellenberger next month at UFC 158, the very event where St-Pierre will duke it out with Diaz. In addition to Koscheck, the 14-1 Hendricks has also beaten the likes of Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann during the five-fight run he’s currently on.
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