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    Johny Hendricks is Finally the Concensus No. 1 Contender, Gets Next Shot at Georges St-Pierre | MMAWeekly.com

    “I’m happy the fight is done and I can be moving on with another chapter of my career.” – UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre following UFC 158.

    You know that old saying, “be careful what you wish for?”

    For St-Pierre, language barrier or not, he may need to get accustomed with that old adage pretty quick. Because after St-Pierre’s unanimous decision victory over Nick Diaz at UFC 158 on Saturday night, he may have put away one trash-talking monster in dominating fashion, but he now faces a garbage man of a different sort; the no-frills, power-punching, two-time National Champion out of Oklahoma State, Johny “Big Rig” Hendricks.

    UFC president Dana White, although non-committal on a firm date, made it very clear whom his number one contender for GSP is.

    “(Hendricks) is your number one contender. No doubt. Done.”

    He reiterated the point on the Fuel TV UFC 158 post-fight show, “Diaz won’t get a rematch. There’s no doubt Johny Hendricks deserves the next shot. That fight was amazing tonight. I’m actually glad that it worked out that way. Those were the top guys to see who faces Georges St-Pierre. Johny Hendricks deserves it.”

    At UFC 158, St-Pierre faced a rather predictable Nick Diaz that all changes when he squares off with Hendricks. The surging slugger, whose wrestling credentials are just as, if not more, impressive than his knockout resume… and that’s saying a whole lot.

    Riding a six-fight winning streak, “Big Rig” is currently on one of the most impressive runs in UFC history. During his current wave of success, Hendricks has managed wins over perennial top-ten fighters Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, Mike Pierce, Martin Kampmann, and on Saturday night, the aforementioned Carlos Condit.

    Paired with Condit, Hendricks (15-1) earned the UFC 158 “Fight of the Night” honors in a legendary scrap that displayed the 29-year-old as a serious contender with a varied and adaptable approach, something he may not have gotten to show in past bouts. As he pressured Condit with lunging haymakers throughout the 15-minute tussle, he earned an impressive 11 of 13 takedowns, proving to the crowd in attendance that if he needed to, he could call on his all-star wrestling pedigree at the drop of a hat.

    At the post-fight press conference, the Team Takedown stalwart found himself within arm’s reach (literally and figuratively) of St-Pierre and the welterweight title.

    “I’m just excited. I finally got to the top and now I actually get to fight him,” said the grinning Hendricks. “That’s what it’s all about; getting to the top and fighting the best. So I’m going to go home, study some more and be prepared the best that I can.”

    Sitting side-by-side with St-Pierre, Hendricks once again reiterated that there would be very little time between the fight on Saturday and getting back to work next week.

    “I can’t wait to get back home so I can start training again. That’s pretty much all I can think about; take Monday off, then go train on Tuesday.”

    When asked if he saw anything in the St-Pierre vs. Diaz main event that could help him in his fight with the champ, Hendricks only asked for the same chance Diaz had.

    “Like Dana said, he stood up with him; he did a little bit of everything. Hopefully he gives me that chance too,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about, going out there and putting on a show for the fans and the people watching on TV. I can’t wait to go out there and prove to everyone that I belong.”

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    Condit is one tough SOB. He ate shots that other guys have fallen to. I doubt GSP wants to take a single Hendricks bomb. Hendricks needs to work on his cardio for a fight with GSP. Hendricks is already a serious threat in the first two rounds but if he had the endurance to go strong for 5 rounds, he'd have a very, very good chance against GSP, IMO.

    I like both GSP and Hendricks so it'd be one of those type of fights for me. It'll be great to see the winner and sad to see the loser.

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    I see Hendricks beating GSP if he can stop the TD.

    I'm going to call it right now. Hendricks beats GSP, Silva beats Weidman, at this point GSP looks for the fight with Silva.

    They fight, GSP loses and possibly retires.

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    If Hendricks and gsp both stay uninjured and this fight happens in short order I can see Johny having a solid shot at winning. He's really proven himself now as an extremely credible contender. This is the kind of title fight I get excited for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by disposableassassin View Post
    If Hendricks and gsp both stay uninjured and this fight happens in short order I can see Johny having a solid shot at winning. He's really proven himself now as an extremely credible contender. This is the kind of title fight I get excited for.
    Not enough people get excited for the #1 guy vs the #2 guy anymore.
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    Whoever thought he was not the number one contender before Sat . night was a dipshit.
    Thats right bitches, gonna have to bling out the other hand soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsteven View Post
    Whoever thought he was not the number one contender before Sat . night was a dipshit.
    That's Mr. Dipshit to you! I sure as hell hate me some Hendricks, but I am 100% on board with his shot. Very dangerous.

    I don't believe GSP has the chin quality CC has. If Lil' Jon Jon connects in that manner GSP will be in sleepy time. This is a bad matchup for him. If GSP can get it to the third round his cardio will take over the fight.

    The GSP v Diaz fight played out just as I stated it would, actually as most said it would. This fight is more intriguing and I have greater anticipation for it.
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    I am not imprezed by Hendricks performance. Wrestlers dont like to be put on their backs and thats exactly where hes going. Mr 4-time all-american is going to learn what it means to be Canadian real soon

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    This is a really challenging dangerous fight for GSP, because Hendricks has such awesome power and wrestling prowess. HOWEVER, I still see too many holes in Hendricks' grappling and technical striking to predict him to beat GSP. GSP's grappling is probably top three in MMA and his striking from the periphery will give Hendricks a lot of different looks, that I don't think will be good for Hendricks.

    Hendricks has a tremendous chance, but his forward charging attack leaves him wide open for the power double of GSP and from what he's cutting down from, I think Hendricks will have a tough go in a five rounder.

    I think GSP puts him on his back, keeps him on his back for 25 minutes and uses his superior GNP and BJJ(which I think will be a very scary thing for Hendricks) en route to another 50-45 night.

    For me, there are too many areas where GSP is technically superior and just has the edge, be it his utilization of reach and jab or his grappling dominance, I think Hendricks just gets picked apart if this gets past the first two rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Donosaur View Post
    Not enough people get excited for the #1 guy vs the #2 guy anymore.
    It's even sweeter when it happens nowadays. You don't see many clear cut contenders get title shots.

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