Prior to Chris Weidman’s upset special over Anderson Silva to capture the UFC middleweight title, it was determined beforehand that Silva would get an immediate rematch if he lost. Given the fact “The Spider” was the UFC’s most decorated champion with 10 consecutive title defenses at the time, it was essentially a no-brainer.
Unfortunately for reigning welterweight king Georges St-Pierre (pictured), he won’t be entering Saturday’s shootout at UFC 167 against Johny Hendricks with the same automatic sequel status Silva was granted.
Despite the fact GSP has defended his throne eight straight lopsided times, an Octagon record for the 170-pound division, UFC president Dana White isn’t prepared to promise his biggest pay-per-view draw an instant crack to reclaim his crown if he falls to Hendricks.
“I mean, we’ll see what happens,” White said during Thursday’s UFC 167 pre-fight press conference. “Obviously, Georges St-Pierre has had the belt since 2007, and before that he had the belt and he lost to Matt Serra. So, all fights are different. We’ll see what happens. We’ll see how the thing plays out.
“I mean, it would be kind of a weird thing for Georges St-Pierre to not get another shot at the title. It would be hard to say that he’s still not probably the #1 contender if he loses the belt on Saturday night. But, we’ll see what happens.”
Hendricks, meanwhile, didn’t hesitate when asked if he’d grant St-Pierre an immediate rematch should he shock the MMA world.
“Yeah. Why not?” Hendricks stated. “If I beat him once that means I can do it again, right?”
St-Pierre was not asked if he expected an automatic shot to reclaim his throne if he lost. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t, nor that he won’t receive one.
GSP enters MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas nearly a 3-1 odds-on favorite to retain his title.