UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks has been as patient as humanly possible when it comes to competing for divisional gold. Initially, it appeared as though the heavy-handed wrestler had earned the opportunity by beating Martin Kampmann in November to pick up his fifth straight win only to see Nick Diaz receive the honor despite having come up short in his previous pairing. However, Hendricks sucked up his pride and accepted a clash with Carlos Condit in order to cement his status as top contender.
Though Hendricks went on to outpoint Condit, he is once again in a situation where his shot at Georges St-Pierre is up in the air due to the UFC’s continued flirtation with middleweight Anderson Silva as an opponent for the welterweight champ. If such comes to pass, it turns out Hendricks is actually okay with the notion so long as one tiny stipulation is in place – stripping St-Pierre of his title.
“If he wants to go to 185 then by all means, go to 185 and fight Anderson Silva. Yes, it would be a great thing for our sport. But I want the belt. I’d like to fight GSP for it, but if that doesn’t happen, I’m not going to hang my head and say, ‘Oh man, I’m going to be fighting that guy for the belt,’” said Hendricks in a recent interview with MMAJunkie. “I want to fight GSP because I’m a competitor. I want to fight the best guys in my weight class. But also, the belt is more important than GSP, and that’s really what I’m looking at.”
“I just don’t want to be sitting here fighting for No. 1 contender spots while he’s doing that,” he concluded.
St-Pierre hasn’t come forward to call for a shot at Silva, though he certainly hasn’t openly accepted the challenge of colliding with Hendricks either. The French-Canadian superstar is currently in the process of playing a role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and is believed to be waiting for Silva’s July fight with Chris Weidman before making a final decision.
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