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Dana White: “Johny Hendricks is next – and soon.”

Johny Hendricks - MMAWEEKLYAfter another flirtation with a potential superfight between UFC welterweight title-holder Georges St-Pierre and pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva, it looks like the organization is finally willing to recognize the match-up is a long way from becoming reality and taking a different direction instead. As such, 170-pound contender Johny Hendricks is on deck for a duel with GSP and, in the words of UFC President Dana White, the fight isn’t too far down the road.

“If he doesn’t want to do a superfight, nobody’s going to pressure him to do a superfight. That’s up to him. But Johny Hendricks is next – and soon,” revealed White in a conversation with MMAJunkie. “He’s next and soon. Soon, soon. Maybe in August.”

Hendricks holds an overall record of 15-1 including wins in his last six scraps. Among the notable victims on his current run are names like Martin Kampmann, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and most recently Carlos Condit. Comparably, St-Pierre owns a 24-2 mark in the ring and hasn’t lost in more than five years.

The UFC currently has three shows scheduled for August: UFC 163 (8/3 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), UFC on FSN 1 (8/17 – Boston, Massachusetts, and UFC 164 (8/31 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin).