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Johny Hendricks wants to fight Chris Weidman someday

According to a Jan. 27 report from MMA Fighting, hard-hitting wrestling standout Johny Hendricks (15-2) says he's interested in fighting UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman someday.

Johny Hendricks wants to fight Chris Weidman someday
Johny Hendricks wants to fight Chris Weidman someday
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Hendricks, 30, has a plan that includes winning and defending the UFC's 170 pound belt, before moving up to the 185-pound weight class to fight Weidman.

Hendricks and Weidman are both world-class wrestlers who walk around close to 220 pounds when they aren't fighting.

Hendricks would be at a five-inch height disadvantage against Weidman, but he says he doesn't mind.

"It would, wouldn’t it?" Hendricks said when asked if he thought a fight between him and Weidman made sense. "We’re both wrestlers, both strong people. And if I get six months to really lift weights, and my body just loves weights, I know I can change myself to where 185 would be…not a hard weight cut but a lot easier than making 170."

Hendricks explained that he's already at a significant height disadvantage against 170-pounders, so moving up to 185 wouldn't be a big deal.

Most of the guys fighting at 185 pounds are 6-foot-1 or 6-foot-2, which isn't that far off from the men at 170 pounds.

"Yeah, that would be great, wouldn’t it?" Hendricks said of moving up to 185 pounds. "Here’s the thing -- what do I fight now? Everybody’s six foot, six-two. There’s no height difference between 185 and 170. Everybody’s a giant.

"Here’s what I was thinking: Who in today’s age is…wanting should I say, definitely in my weight class…wants to go up a weight class and try to have two belts? Two different weight classes? I want to win [the 170-pound belt], defend it, do whatever the UFC wants me to do…hopefully I can get it, defend it a couple of times and say, ‘hey, can I move up to 185?’"

Realistically, a superfight between Hendricks and Weidman won't happen until at least 2015.

Hendricks is already lined up to fight Robbie Lawler for the UFC's vacant 170-pound belt, and Weidman defends his middleweight belt against Vitor Belfort sometime this summer.