Johny Hendricks (pictured) is now the present UFC welterweight champion. However, “Bigg Rigg” can’t help but want another piece of someone from the past.
After holding on to score a unanimous decision victory over Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 on Saturday to capture the vacant 170-pound crown GSP voluntarily left behind to “take a break” from MMA, Hendricks was asked if he felt he needed to eventually post a win over St-Pierre in order to validate his spot atop the throne – a seat St-Pierre kept warm since April 2008.
Hendricks dropped a highly controversial split decision to GSP in his last outing. It’s a defeat he won’t soon forget, mainly because everybody constantly reminds him of it. For that reason, the slugger would love a shot to vindicate that blemish.
“No, but I’d like to,” Hendricks said of getting a rematch with the UFC’s most decorated welterweight champ. “I’d like to fight Georges again, I think I’d be fun. We had a good match [before]. I think I’m better. There’s better situations.
“I’m gonna get stronger. This is my second fight for five rounds. I’m only learning – six-and-a-half years [in MMA so far]. Look at all the guys I’m fighting, they all have eight, nine, 12 years [experience]. I have a lot to learn still.”
UFC president Dana White said earlier this week that he “knows for a fact” St-Pierre will return to the UFC. If that’s the case, don’t expect his comeback will happen soon enough to be Hendricks’ next opponent.
With the welterweight division wide open for the first time since St-Pierre went on his record-setting run in the class, nobody knows who should get next crack at the crown. So, why don’t you just make things easier on everyone by calling someone out, Johny?
“I’m not gonna call anybody else out,” Hendricks stated. “I’m not that type of person. I always called the champ out because I wanted to be him. Now that I’m him, I keep my mouth shut and go on my business.”