On the surface, it doesn’t appear as though UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks has much to work on with six straight wins behind him including success against Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Martin Kampmann, and Carlos Condit. However, in front of him is a challenge unlike any other in the division, as Hendricks is scheduled to face champion Georges St-Pierre later this year.
In addition to understanding St-Pierre’s supremacy at 170 pounds stems from next-level skill, the 15-1 Hendricks is also an extremely humble individual who still feels he hasn’t maximized his full potential.
“I’ve got a lot of things to improve on, which is good to know. What I’m going to do for the next month and a half is I’m going to work on exactly what I need to work on to get better,” said the 29-year old in an interview with MMAJunkie Radio. “We’ll throw some GSP things in there, but we’ll focus on what I did and what I need to improve on. Then once it gets closer for sure the date, then we’ll focus on what I need to do, but also what he can do.”
No specific date has been set for Hendricks’ try at St-Pierre’s title, though the tilt is tentatively scheduled for August or September. And, if the match-up takes longer to materialize, that’s okay by Hendricks too since the span will give him more time to refine his craft.
“I don’t see anybody else stepping in front of me, and that’s really what it boils down to,” stated the satisfied Hendricks of having cemented his spot as #1 contender.
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