Johny Hendricks: 'I Would Like to Fight GSP Again'

Johny Hendricks is looking to build his own legacy in MMA, and he secretly hopes that former UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is a part of it.

Much has changed since the epic yet controversial title fight from nearly a year ago.

St-Pierre is no longer an active fighter on the UFC roster, and Hendricks is the reigning welterweight champ. While “Big Rigg” refuses to dwell on the past, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the split-decision loss to St-Pierre at UFC 167 still irks him.

A chance to catch the torch from arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history eluded Hendricks that night, and sadly, it’s an opportunity he may never get back.

Hendricks told Ariel Helwani on Monday, during an appearance on The MMA Hour, that he would like a rematch with St-Pierre: 

Realistically, I’m not going to lie. I would like to fight him again because now the tides are changed, and not only that, that was my first five round fight. I’m getting smarter, I’m getting better the longer I’m in the Octagon and the more I hit that fifth round. I don’t want to continue to hit that fifth round, but it’s a good learning curve, that first one was. That’s why I was sort of excited to think that I was going to get a rematch.

Unfortunately for Hendricks, the rematch with St-Pierre never came to fruition.

Who would win in a rematch?

A month after the bout, the French Canadian star vacated the UFC title and announced that he would be going on an indefinite hiatus during a media conference call. Instead of a rematch with St-Pierre, Hendricks was awarded a championship bout against top welterweight contender Robbie Lawler to fill the 170-pound title vacancy.

Hendricks defeated Lawler in a hard-fought decision victory. But even with the win and UFC title finally around his waist, it still has to be tough for Hendricks not to dwell on the decision loss to St-Pierre. He wanted to climb the mountain and be the man to finally upend the greatest welterweight of all time.

Just as UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman’s legacy began by defeating Anderson Silva, Hendricks hopes to do the same against St-Pierre:

I’m not here to take away from GSP. He did a lot of great things for this sport, a lot of great things for the welterweight division. I want to build my own legacy. If he’s in it, that’s awesome. If he’s not, that’s cool too. I’ll never beat his legacy. I’ll never beat Matt Hughes’ or Chuck Liddell’s or Randy Couture’s [legacies]. I got to make my own dent in the welterweight division my own way.

Hendricks may have missed out on an immediate rematch with the MMA legend, but there is still the possibility that the fight comes together in the future.

St-Pierre never officially retired from MMA. He made it clear that retirement was an option, but he would also be open to the possibility of returning in the future if the circumstances felt ideal. During an appearance on TVA Sports, St-Pierre claimed to have packed on 10 pounds of muscle just in case he decided to return and compete in the welterweight division.

MMAFighting’s Helwani translated an overview of the interview on Twitter:

Either St-Pierre is the biggest tease in the world, or he is seriously contemplating a UFC return. It’s highly unlikely that a decision is made anytime soon, as St-Pierre is still recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee.

In the meantime, Hendricks can now shift his focus to an upcoming rematch with Lawler.

Jordy McElroy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA writer for Rocktagon. 

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

'Humbled' by jail stay, Jon Jones hopes to embody resiliency on way back to belt

  • 25 days ago
  • 11 views

Jon Jones won’t blame anyone else for his recent stay in Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Detention Center, but he does believe the ordeal proved a humbling experience. But “Bones” said it’s not going to s read news >>

Can Undefeated Chazz Walton Keep First-Round Finish Streak Alive at Legacy FC 53?

  • 21 days ago
  • 2 views

Undefeated lightweight prospect Chazz Walton hopes to keep his first-round finish streak alive at Friday night's Legacy FC 53. read news >>

Now that Cage Warriors is back, Graham Boylan hopes to up the fun factor this time

  • 21 days ago
  • 31 views

Cage Warriors hasn’t held an event since November 2014, but when the promotion returns for Cage Warriors 75 later this month, there are no plans for another extended layoff. Graham Boylan has learned read news >>

UFC Fight Night 86's Mairbek Taisumov hopes latest KO leads to opponents in top 10

  • 18 days ago
  • 3 views

ZAGREB, Croatia – The UFC keeps lining them up, and Mairbek Taisumov keeps knocking them down. Literally. Now he wants to stay active and wants some opponents in the top 10. Filed under: Featured Vid read news >>

Brian Camozzi Looking to Build on Strong 2016 Start at Friday’s RFA 37

  • 17 days ago
  • 8 views

After a year on the sidelines, Brian Camozzi kicked off 2016 with a win. He intends to build on that at Friday's RFA 37. read news >>

The Comeback: Confidence for 'Cupcake,' GSP teases return (again), 'PVZ' on 'DWTS'

  • 16 days ago
  • 12 views

In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Tuesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”Filed under: Bell read news >>

Nikolay Aleksakhin Hopes to Follow in Fedor’s Footsteps, Upset Ben Askren at ONE: Global Rivals

  • 15 days ago
  • 9 views

The odds are against Nikolay Aleksakhin ahead of ONE: Global Rivals, but the Russian believes he can follow in Fedor's footsteps and upset Ben Askren. read news >>

Ovince Saint Preux searching for upset formula against Jon Jones (Yahoo Sports)

  • 10 days ago
  • 7 views

From Yahoo Sports: OSP hopes he's the latest fighter in recent months to unexpectedly defeat one of the sport’s biggest stars. read news >>

Ovince Saint Preux searching for upset formula against Jon Jones (Yahoo Sports)

  • 10 days ago
  • 4 views

From Yahoo Sports: OSP hopes he's the latest fighter in recent months to unexpectedly defeat one of the sport’s biggest stars. read news >>

Harris hopes to make most of rivals' big shot

  • 9 days ago
  • 0 views

Cody East is making his UFC debut after impressing on 'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight' - but it's his UFC 197 opponent Walt Harris who is hoping to make the most of the opportunity. read news >>