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GSP-Johny Hendricks scheduled for UFC 167 in Las Vegas

GSP-Johny Hendricks scheduled for UFC 167 in Las Vegas

UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks can finally sleep easy, as his crack at champion Georges St-Pierre is officially set in stone. Hendricks earned his shot in March but had been anxiously waiting for word on when it would take place while dealing with speculation about St-Pierre holding out for Anderson Silva or focusing on films instead.

According to a report on UFC Tonight, the two talented 170ers will square off on November 16 in Las Vegas at UFC 167. No other bouts have been attached to the event though it is expected to be a stacked show based on the weekend also serving as the 20th anniversary of the UFC’s first card.

The 15-1 Hendricks has won six straight since his lone career stumble, beating the likes of Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, and Carlos Condit along the way. The 29-year old is seen by many as the biggest challenge St-Pierre will have faced in some time due to wrestling acumen and one-punch knockout power.

GSP is on a nice run himself with eleven victories in a row including eight title-defenses. He holds an overall record of 24-2 with notable triumphs such as those over Koscheck, Condit, Jake Shields, and Nick Diaz.

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  • soundspawn says:

    I feel like a minority here, but I’m just not giddy about Hendricks. I wasn’t really a fan while he was coming up, I wasn’t impressed with the Fitch fight (because we didn’t really learn anything), nor the Kampmann fight. I kept saying “If he does well against Condit I’ll give him props” but after that fight I feel even stronger that he’s not the guy. Maybe it’s just me refusing to jump on the bandwagon, or maybe I’m prejudice… but this fight simply does not excite me.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’m not giddy about it either, hendricks constantly says that GSP hasn’t fought a guy like him, but GSP has fought, and beat plenty of wrestlers turned strikers before.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Of course we learned something from the Fitch & Kampmann fights — we learned that if Johny touches your chin you’re probably going out, and that he’s capable of doing it to the upper tier talent of the WW division.

    GSP is arguably the most complete fighter on the planet. Of course he’ll again be the favorite to successfully defend his title, but I don’t agree that he’s fought anybody like Hendricks. The only other wrestler-turned-striker I can think of would be Koscheck but that’s a lazy comparison because their striking isn’t all that similar. Whereas Kos’ striking consists of hanging on the outside and throwing wild looping shots, Johny has more compact punches that are sneaky quick & obviously carry big power behind them. And he’s much more adept at dirty boxing when the action is in tight.

    Hendricks has been the clear-cut #1 contender for a long time now, having done more than enough to earn a title shot. For me this is the most intriguing matchup possible for GSP’s next fight, other than perhaps Silva.

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