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    Johnny Hendricks wants Georges St-Pierre UFC title fight in September | News

    It looks like Johny Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and Georges St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC) agree on a timeframe for their meeting.

    Hendricks on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com Radio (MMA Radio, UFC Radio - MMAjunkie Radio) that he anticipates fighting St-Pierre in September, which falls in line with an update earlier today from the welterweight kingpin's camp. St-Pierre's manager dispelled reports of an extended layoff due to an Achilles tendon injury and said fans could expect to see "Rush" return to the cage in late summer or early fall.

    With ample time to prepare, Hendricks said he'll focus on shoring up weaknesses that were exposed in his UFC 158 fight with Carlos Condit, which ended in a unanimous decision win.

    "I've got a lot of things to improve on, which is good to know," Hendricks said. "What I'm going to do for the next month and a half is I'm going to work on exactly what I need to work on to get better."

    The good news, he said, is that no one is in front of him to fight the champ. St-Pierre removed a final obstacle by beating Nick Diaz in the headliner of the March 16 pay-per-view event at Montreal's Bell Centre. Diaz stepped ahead of Hendricks despite losing a previous fight to Condit.

    Hendricks, who previously had beaten five straight opponents, staged a brief protest when the UFC installed Diaz and then accepted his fate. He then decided he would make it impossible for St-Pierre to evade him by beating the former interim champ.

    "I just don't see anybody else stepping in front of me, and that's really what it boils down to," Hendricks said. "That's why a win over Condit has been so good, to know that this week I'm not getting a call or seeing on Twitter that somebody else is getting the fight. I know it's me."

    Condit certainly didn't make it easy. A late-fight surge pushed Hendricks to his limit and forced him to fall back on his wrestling skills. The crowd at the Bell Centre backed Condit and booed the decision.

    Despite his win, Hendricks wasn't so sure he'd convinced the UFC he was the next man in line to fight St-Pierre. So uncharacteristically, he offered a direct challenge to St-Pierre, saying he would come to the champ's house to fight if his title opportunity was again denied.

    "I knew that if I didn't do something to make sure that I got that fight, if somebody overstepped me, I'd be devastated," Hendricks said. "So throwing that out there, I thought it wasn't over my boundaries, but it was still good enough to say, 'Hey, this is what's going to happen.' So it's in between the nice guy and over-the-top trash talk."
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    So it's face Condit and get a shot at GSP worked for Daiz and he even forgot to win too.lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbrewer View Post
    So it's face Condit and get a shot at GSP worked for Daiz and he even forgot to win too.lol.
    Ahhh but GSP called out Diaz, He damn near begged for that grudge match.
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    Lets hope GSP's movie dont get in the way of his fighting career.

    or

    GSP could fight Hendricks and Jake E and/or Maia and forget the movie

    or

    He will do the movie and duck Hendricks again


    ethier way GSP is starting to piss me off
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    ^^^ This guy, lol. "Duck Hendricks"

    GSP will smack Hendricks around and dominate him like he does everyone else. Hendricks is great, and it will be an unreal fight..But, we all know what will happen.
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    That sounds about right from Hendricks. I'm not a fan of his by any means, but I think he's going about this in exactly the right way.

    Quote Originally Posted by stpierrecanada View Post
    ^^^ This guy, lol. "Duck Hendricks"
    ...he's already ducked Hendricks. This is an opportunity for him to step up and not do it again.

    GSP will smack Hendricks around and dominate him like he does everyone else. Hendricks is great, and it will be an unreal fight..But, we all know what will happen.
    What, that Georges will fight incredibly safe and his fanboys will call it utter domination?

    Yeah, that about captures it in a nutshell.


    that is, if he fights him. And sadly, his decision to face Diaz instead of Hendricks allows for the jury to still be out in that regard. Georges is in the unenviable position of having to re-earn credibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    What, that Georges will fight incredibly safe and his fanboys will call it utter domination?
    No, GSP will fight an incredibly strategic and smart gameplan that will nullify Hendricks` strengths and gameplan and will expose the holes in the rest of his game. We will call in domination because GSP will spend 95% of the fight doing exactly what he wants to do. Do you think Penn/Diaz/Condit wanted to spend the fight defending takedowns/being taken down/being hit with strikes while on the ground? Did you think Fitch/Kos/Shields wanted to spend the fight trading strikes with GSP?

    I don't think the loss of credibility with the Diaz fight is as great as you are implying. Diaz was still a credible, top 5 opponent. It wasn't like he was fighting Patrick Cote for the MW title or Chael Sonnen for the LHW title. IMO, Diaz was a more dangerous opponent to GSP than Hendricks will be. I see at as only a minute, barely measurable loss in credibility if any. He had the chance to fight a guy he had wanted to fight for a few years and took it. GSP will fight Hendricks in the fall, beat him, and we can all go back to downplaying the credibility of GSPs opponents and someone can post a GIF of the first Serra fight. Balance will be restored to the force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GangGreenWarrior View Post
    No, GSP will fight an incredibly strategic and smart gameplan that will nullify Hendricks` strengths and gameplan and will expose the holes in the rest of his game. We will call in domination because GSP will spend 95% of the fight doing exactly what he wants to do. Do you think Penn/Diaz/Condit wanted to spend the fight defending takedowns/being taken down/being hit with strikes while on the ground? Did you think Fitch/Kos/Shields wanted to spend the fight trading strikes with GSP?

    I don't think the loss of credibility with the Diaz fight is as great as you are implying. Diaz was still a credible, top 5 opponent. It wasn't like he was fighting Patrick Cote for the MW title or Chael Sonnen for the LHW title. IMO, Diaz was a more dangerous opponent to GSP than Hendricks will be. I see at as only a minute, barely measurable loss in credibility if any. He had the chance to fight a guy he had wanted to fight for a few years and took it. GSP will fight Hendricks in the fall, beat him, and we can all go back to downplaying the credibility of GSPs opponents and someone can post a GIF of the first Serra fight. Balance will be restored to the force.
    While I believe everything you have said was spot on, I have to disagree with the highlighted statement in bold.

    Who has Diaz even beaten to deserve a top 5 ranking? The man has NEVER beaten anyone inside the top 10 of the WW division, yet he is considered a top 5 WW?

    Hendricks last 4 opponents beaten were inside the top 10 of the division, and 2 (Fitch, Condit) were top 5 when he beat them. A case could be made for Kampmann as a top 5 as well, where as Kos was a solid Top 8 WW. This is a resume for a credible top 5 opponent.

    Diaz last 5 opponents prior to Condit were 2 LW (Penn, Noons), Cris Cyborg's husband, Sakurai, Zaromskis, the last 3 being outside of the top 25 of the WW division.

    Even Bisping has a better case for being a top 5 MW, than Diaz has for a WW lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GangGreenWarrior View Post
    I don't think the loss of credibility with the Diaz fight is as great as you are implying.
    Yeah. Show me one GSP fanboy who does.

    Diaz was still a credible, top 5 opponent. It wasn't like he was fighting Patrick Cote for the MW title or Chael Sonnen for the LHW title.
    Pointing out something more egregious doesn't diminish the problem, it just uses false normalization as an excuse.

    Hendricks was the #1 contender. He was available and healthy, actually fighting on the same card. Georges chose to fight someone else. That is the very definition of ducking.

    IMO, Diaz was a more dangerous opponent to GSP than Hendricks will be.
    None of that matters. Hendricks was the #1 contender. Diaz was not. Georges chose to duck the #1 contender, whether it turns out that it was an easier fight or not.

    I'll tell you this: if Hendricks does manage to pull off an upset and beat Georges, it will be a much bigger deal in the mainstream media.

    I see at as only a minute, barely measurable loss in credibility if any.
    We've already established that your perspective as a huge fan of Georges skews your opinion.

    I like Georges. I think he's a great fighter with a consumate skill set, he's polite and arguably the best ambassador the sport currently has. I'm not hating on him at all.

    But he lost credibility here. The fact that there is any question--however minute--as to whether he'll face Hendricks or not is putting him closer to the Anderson Silva diva/flake category than he's ever been in his career.

    He had the chance to fight a guy he had wanted to fight for a few years and took it.
    Yeah. About that.

    Champions should fight the guy who earned the title shot, not someone coming off a loss and a suspension simply because they said some really mean things about him.

    GSP will fight Hendricks in the fall, beat him,
    I sincerly hope so. I'm not a Hendricks fan at all, and don't want to see him as champion.

    and we can all go back to downplaying the credibility of GSPs opponents and someone can post a GIF of the first Serra fight.
    I'm not someone who does any of those things. I've stated for years the quality of Georges' opponents far outstrips the quality of Anderson's.

    I'm a fan of Georges...but I'm a fan of MMA and credibility more.

    Balance will be restored to the force.
    I don't think that simply facing Hendricks now erases the choice Georges already made to duck him. You can, because you don't see it as a crediblity issue. I think a win over Hendricks will do a lot to make things better, but Georges was damn lucky Hendricks got past Condit and gave him the opportunity to try to repair some damage to his integrity.

    If Georges chooses to film this movie instead of facing Hendricks, it's going to go poorly for him.

    Quote Originally Posted by MMA4EVERRR View Post
    Diaz last 5 opponents prior to Condit were 2 LW (Penn, Noons), Cris Cyborg's husband, Sakurai, Zaromskis, the last 3 being outside of the top 25 of the WW division.

    I'm not defending GSP ducking Hendricks to face Diaz at all, but I had Zaromiskis as top 20 when Nick beat him--some sites had him as high as 15--and you left off his highest ranked opponent in Paul Daley. Daley was considered top 10 on many sites when Nick knocked him out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    What, that Georges will fight incredibly safe and his fanboys will call it utter domination?
    ^This. I said it after the fight and I'll say it again, George said he would give GSP the worst beating of his career. He didn't do that, as a matter of fact his face looked worse than Diaz.. and we all know how bad Diaz usually looks after a fight.

    GSP could shit on a plate and call it caviare and half the people on here would lap it up.

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