November certainly turned out to be a crazy month in the world of MMA, and as the month comes to a close, there’s still no word on if and when GSP-Johny Hendrick will take place. Of course, since St. Pierre has relayed he’s dealing with some personal issues, it’s not surprising to see that the welterweight champ is taking some time before determining his next move.
Well, Hendricks recently made it clear that he’s extremely anxious to battle St. Pierre again, and in a recent interview with Sherdog.com Radio, here is some of what his striking coach Steven Wright had to say about the subject.
“Whether it’s 12 months or whether [St. Pierre] never fights again, as long as our next fight’s for the title, we’re pretty satisfied there,” Wright said. “Johny’s not in a position where he’s looking at checks and he’s worried. … I really think that because of his situation with Team Takedown, if [the UFC] said, ‘Hey, we can’t get this done until September of next year,’ we could wait because we want the title that bad. Anything else is falling short. We do not want an interim title because everybody knows that the interim title just means you’re not the real titleholder.”
Well hopefully we’ll know more about what’s next for GSP, and the possibility of a rematch, sooner than later. Wright also relayed that he and fellow coach Marc Laimon have already started mapping out a strategy for GSP-Hendricks II.
“We’re already working at it, already looking at things we could have improved on from last fight,” Wright said. “We’ve been film junkies. I’m sending [Hendricks’ grappling coach Marc Laimon] some stuff. Even last night we were texting back and forth and we were looking at stuff and we were like hey, if we get this opportunity again, let’s do this this time, let’s do this. We’re hoping that the Johny he goes against is the Johny that’s got five rounds under his belt now. We’ll be even meaner in the next GSP fight.”
Of course, chances are members of St. Pierre’s camp have also been dissecting the bout, even if the renowned fighter hasn’t committed to a rematch publicly. If the fight happens it will be one of the sport’s biggest yet.