There is likely no other welterweight in the UFC who is more deserving of a title shot against St. Pierre than Hendricks.
A former three time Division I national champion wrestler, he possesses a 14-1 record. A winner of his last five, he has also beaten some pretty stiff competition as of late.
His impressive run began with a shocking 12 second knockout over the then number two ranked welterweight, Jon Fitch. Following that destruction, he took a split decision victory over Josh Koscheck. Finally, he took all of 46 seconds to dispatch of number three-ranked Martin Kampmann in the co-main event of UFC 154.
After he beat Kampmann, Johny Hendricks said in his post-fight interview that he was ready to challenge Georges St. Pierre for his title. Furthermore, he felt he had done enough to warrant the opportunity. He even mentioned that he would sit out until he was granted the fight.
When Georges St. Pierre instead opted to take a fight with Nick Diaz, obviously that didn't sit well with Johny Hendricks. It was the reasoning that St. Pierre gave for avoiding Hendricks that really upset him. St. Pierre said he thought Koscheck won their fight, and since he had already beaten Koscheck, the fight was not deserved.
Of course that reasoning makes no sense when you factor in that St. Pierre also said he felt Condit really beat Diaz when those two met recently.
Hendricks spoke his mind during an appearance on MMAmania's Verbal Submission podcast last night and he didn't hold back:
"My reaction was like, 'Really?! You're an idiot.' He said that Condit really did beat Nick Diaz, know what I'm saying? He said, 'I'm fighting the true number one contender Carlos Condit,' and now, he's going backtracking and saying, 'Well, I think [Hendricks] lost.' Who cares? You don't get to decide. He's not a judge. He's not a judge. He's a fighter. He's paid to fight and he's paid to fight me. The fact that he was able to ask and get this request [to fight Diaz], the only thing this is, is it gives me more drive. It's not like I didn't have enough but what's gonna happen is, whenever I look across the cage, he's not going to see fear. He's not gonna see anything. All I want to do is I want to fight him. I want to look across and see GSP and that might be something he's not used to. I don't know. I don't know why he didn't take the fight but I guess I wouldn't want to fight me as well."
Despite his threats to sit out, Hendricks will instead face Jake Ellenberger next month at UFC 158. On that same night, St. Pierre will defend his title against Nick Diaz. Should both men emerge victorious, it will be interesting to see if there is any way to avoid the two finally facing each other.