Moments after Johny Hendricks (pictured) posted a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 158, company president Dana White promised Hendricks will get next dibs at reigning welterweight king Georges St-Pierre’s throne.
“He’s the No. 1 contender,” White said of Hendricks at the post-fight press conference.
However, this isn’t the first time White dubbed Hendricks the division’s top contender. White said the same exact thing after “Bigg Rigg” put Martin Kampmann to sleep at UFC 154, only to change course shortly after when St-Pierre demanded a fight against bitter rival Nick Diaz.
The only other man who is in contention to leapfrog Hendricks would be Jake Ellenberger, who knocked out Nate Marquardt minutes before Hendricks took center stage. Although, it appears White has made up his mind.
White isn’t sure when GSP and Hendricks will meet, but when that time finally comes, the bearded brawler is convinced he owns the arsenal to dethrone the baddest welterweight in bare feet.
“I believe I’ve got better wrestling than [St-Pierre],” Hendricks stated. “Also, I hit harder than him. That’s a proven fact, so I’m just excited for the opportunity.
“Hopefully I can finish him. That’s my goal.”
St-Pierre posted his eighth straight title defense by beating Diaz on Saturday. Following the fight, Diaz claimed GSP “has no punching power” and “hits like a girl.”