It appears Johny Hendricks is inching closer and closer to scoring the elusive title fight he’s been rightfully clamoring for. On Thursday, UFC president Dana White said the promotion is planning to have him challenge welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (pictured) in the very near future.
It is becoming crystal clear that GSP wants no part of a blockbuster bout with UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva at this point in time, so White says St-Pierre’s next opponent will be “Bigg Rigg.”
“That’s who he’s going to fight,” White flatly stated of Hendricks’ top contender status. “If [GSP] doesn’t want to do a superfight – nobody’s going to pressure him to do a superfight, that’s up to him – but Johny Hendricks is next.
“And soon. Soon, soon. Maybe in August.”
The UFC currently has three shows scheduled in August. UFC 163 (8/3) already showcases a thriller with featherweight champ Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis, UFC on FS1 (8/17) is expected to be a big event as FOX launches its new network, but St-Pierre is the Octagon’s largest pay-per-view draw and having him headline the card wouldn’t make sense from a financial standpoint, and UFC 164 (8/31) goes down inside Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Hendricks earned next dibs at St-Pierre’s throne by posting a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Condit at UFC 158, the same March night that GSP dominated Nick Diaz to retain his hardware. White previously dubbed Hendricks the division’s #1 contender after he put Martin Kampmann to sleep at UFC 154, only to change course shortly after when St-Pierre demanded a fight against bitter rival Diaz.
Now it appears Hendricks will finally get his wish. St-Pierre has collected 11 consecutive lopsided wins, with his last eight coming in title defenses. So be careful what you wish for.