Plenty of people have labeled UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks as being perfectly suited to put an end to the reign of current divisional king Georges St-Pierre. Hendricks is an accomplished amateur wrestler and appears to pack cement in his gloves based on his heavy-handed ways. However, hearing the hype surrounding Hendricks hasn’t fazed St-Pierre. In fact, he’s grown so used to similar buzz during his run as champion he’s tuned most of it out.
“I’ve had a lot of big fight in my career. Every fight I had something special that came up during the leading up to the fight. ‘He’s the most disrespectful guy. He’s the perfect match-up to beat you.’ It’s always something special,” said St-Pierre in an interview with MMAWeekly. “And for (the Hendricks) fight, maybe that’s the special thing that is coming up is that style match-up. Maybe people think he’s the perfect style match-up to beat me.”
“I don’t think so. I think I’m going to win the fight and I’m going to beat him. There’s only one way to find out,” he continued. “I’m very confident with my skill and I know he’s very confident with his. We’re going to solve our differences in the Octagon.”
Hendricks is 15-1 with eight knockouts under his belt and relatively recent wins over Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, and Carlos Condit. Meanwhile, “Rush” holds an overall record of 24-2 and has basically beaten the “who’s who” of welterweights minus a few names including Hendricks’. They are set to square off on November 16 in Las Vegas at UFC 167.