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Johny Hendricks: “I don’t want to take GSP down. I want to lay him out.”

Johny Hendricks: “I don’t want to take GSP down. I want to lay him out.”

UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks is a two-time national champion as a collegiate wrestler and four-time All-American. Of course, Hendricks isn’t exactly known for his takedowns and top control when it comes to the skills he frequently showcases inside the Octagon. Rather, “Bigg Rigg” has a reputation as one of the division’s most powerful pugilists, racking up eight knockouts in his fifteen wins including those over Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch.

Hendricks will look to continue the trend when he collides with champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167. The 29-year old spoke about the November 17 match-up this week on a leg of the 2013 UFC World Tour, telling MMAJunkie he’ll be approaching St-Pierre with the same mindset he brings into the Octagon against all opponents – total destruction.

“I don’t want to take GSP down. I want to lay him out. That’s all I want to do. That’s what the fans want to see, and I know I have the power in both hands to do it,” said Hendricks. “I will bite on my mouthpiece and eat a jab to land a right or a left hand on his jaw line. That’s the difference. Punch me in the face, I’ll punch you twice as hard.”

“When I’m in there, my goal is to break someone’s jaw. Let them forget who they are that night. Let them wake up the next morning and go, ‘What the hell happened?’ That’s my goal every fight,” he concluded.

St-Pierre has only been knocked out a single time in his career though he’s been wobbled in a few fights since. The reigning welterweight king holds an overall record of 24-2 with eleven wins in a row in comparison to Hendricks’ 15-1 mark with six straight victories.