Few fighters have put together as impressive a run in the UFC welterweight division as Johny Hendricks. Specifically, the heavy-handed wrestler has won six straight scraps including success against the likes of Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, and most recently Carlos Condit. Though Hendricks’ win may have solidified his status as a clear cut #1 contender, he was passed over in favor of Nick Diaz prior to the pairing even though he was seen as a more-deserving challenger to Georges St-Pierre’s crown.
Hendricks spoke with Fuel TV after the conclusion of UFC 158 where he said a situation similar to the one he just dealt with would be cause to re-evaluate his future in MMA. Fortunately, with UFC President Dana White already saying Hendricks will get his shot at St-Pierre later this year, it sounds like the bearded brawler has nothing to worry about.
“If I don’t get the title-shot I’m devastated. I think I’d have to step back and rethink about what I should do for my career,” said Hendricks. “I knew I had to win. I also knew that I wanted to come in here and steal (the show) from GSP and Nick Diaz. And I think we did that.”
“Was it my best fight? No. But, was it a dig hard, get what I frickin want (fight)? Yes,” he concluded.
The 29-year old is now 15-1 in his career with twelve wins coming under the Zuffa banner.
The full interview with Hendricks can be seen below:
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