It’s been a couple of days now since the thrilling and controversial scrap between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks at UFC 167, and the MMA world remains on pins and needles in terms of whether a rematch will get booked. It’s a familiar feeling for MMA fans, as a similar situation arose after Anderson Silva lost to Chris Weidman this past summer, although this is clearly more daunting due to the personal issues GSP said he’s dealing with.
Of course, one would assume that if GSP is ready to fight in the coming months then he’ll be booked to fight Hendricks next. While appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, here is what Hendricks’ manager Ted Ehrhardt had to say on the subjext (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I would hope GSP would come back and do the right thing,” Ehrhardt said. “If he’s going through stuff, of course you feel bad for a guy for that. But he’s made a lot of money in this sport. Like Dana said, he owes it to the sport, not just Johny and the UFC. The sport of MMA has really made him who he is, just like it has Johny. That’s what the fans are going to want. They’re going to want a rematch, Johny vs. GSP.”
“The fans are what make the UFC. The fans are what make Johny, GSP, any of these guys. And that’s the [group] that should get what they deserve. All those people that spent that money on that pay-per-view deserve to be able to see another fight and get to watch it.”
And really, considering the level of competition St. Pierre has fought throughout his career and his willingness to fight all comers, chances are that if he’s mentally and physically ready to fight, a rematch with Hendricks is at the top of his list.
Ehrhardt also reportedly added that he’s confident an immediate rematch will materialize, and cited what went down with Silva after his loss to Weidman as evidence. If you recall, Silva initially stated he wasn’t interested in pursuing the title any longer, but within a few days Weidman-Silva II was booked for UFC 168.