UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre has weighed his options and is now completely set on a scrap with top contender Johny Hendricks rather than a super-fight against middleweight king Anderson Silva. St-Pierre had been leaning towards Hendricks based on past statements but confirmed his decision had been made with UFC President Dana White.
“He wants to fight Johny Hendricks,” said White in a conversation with MMAJunkie.
White went on to explain St-Pierre’s reasoning was not related to a matter of waiting for Silva or being intimidated by the Brazilian’s brilliance but rather a staunch belief the bout will be made obsolete later this summer when “The Spider” defends his belt against unbeaten challenger Chris Weidman.
“He 100 percent, absolutely, positively knows that Weidman is going to beat Anderson Silva. No doubt in his mind that the fight with (Silva) won’t happen because Weidman is going to win. There’s no ‘what if’ for him. He absolutely, positively knows (Weidman) is going to win that fight,” offered White, shining light on GSP’s take.
Silva-Weidman are scheduled to fight on July 6 at UFC 162. As far as St-Pierre’s upcoming action against Hendricks, no date was given though White did state it would not be in Toronto this September at UFC 165.
Hendricks is 15-1 with six straight wins including success against Josh Koscheck, Martin Kampmann, Jon Fitch, and Carlos Condit. Comparably, St-Pierre holds an overall record of 24-2 and has won eleven in a row since his last stumble.