Although the backstory to the upcoming bout between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks doesn’t have the same amount of drama involved as the UFC welterweight champ’s bout with Nick Diaz did, give it time. On digital paper, one can make a convincing argument that Hendricks poses the biggest threat to GSP’s reign in recent years, on account of his body dropping power and of course his well documented wrestling pedigree. Sure, the two probably probably won’t go out of their way to insult the other, but the battle that goes down in the cage could be pretty nasty.
So, with that in mind, it’s interesting to see that Hendricks is already discussing the possibility of not only beating GSP, but that there’s a good chance the two will fight again. In a recent media scrum that was captured by MMA Weekly.com, here’s what the number one contender had to say about facing GSP, and what could go down if he ends the champion’s five year reign (yes, it’s already been six years since he lost to Matt Serra…crazy).
“I’m gonna have to beat him twice. Unless I knock him out. If I manhandle him for two round and I knock him out, then there won’t be a rematch,” said Hendricks, who has entrenched a title fight with St. Pierre by winning six straight bouts. “But if it’s a close fight or I go out and knock him out in the first minute, yeah, there’ll be a rematch.”
That’s a good way of looking at it. Since GSP has won 11 consecutive bouts and is 19-2 in the Octagon, chances are the 32 year-old probably won’t have to do much to earn a rematch.
Hendricks also noted:
“I’m so excited to finally get to the Octagon and look across and there’s Georges. That’s all I can think about. That’s all I dream about every day. Words can’t explain how excited I am.”
Yes, the MMA world should be very excited too since this has the makings of a classic tilt. No date has been announced yet for the St. Pierre-Hendricks clash, but something will likely get booked soon.
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