After putting Martin Kampmann to sleep at UFC 154, company president Dana White dubbed Johny Hendricks (Pictured) as the welterweight division’s top contender.
However, reigning 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre didn’t think the vicious victory warranted next dibs at his crown and requested, and was granted, a tango with Nick Diaz. All hope is not lost for Hendricks, as White said he could reclaim the #1 contender moniker if he destroys Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158.
“I’d have to say if Johny Hendricks looks good and wins his fight, it will probably be Hendricks [that gets the next title shot],” White revealed during Wednesday’s press conference, before following up with his notoriously vague line. “Who knows? We’ll see what happens.”
White’s latest statement isn’t a big deal for “Bigg Rigg” since he was already promised the gig in November only to have MMA’s ultimate shot caller change course one month later. Additionally, the wrestler turned slugger knows it’s a moot point if he doesn’t get past up-and-comer Ellenberger on March 16th.
Hendricks is perfect through his last five scraps, while “The Juggernaut” has won seven of his past eight inside the Octagon.
UFC 158 takes place inside Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.