It looks like the UFC wants to match welterweight champion Georges St.
Pierre against Nick Diaz next,
Hendricks believes he should get the shot.
Hendricks has won five straight, including knockouts of Jon Fitch and
Kampmann. On Thursday, though, UFC President Dana White said
St. Pierre would like to fight Diaz next.
“If he’d have beat [Carlos] Condit, he would have been fighting GSP
at that time and you’ve also got to think, Nick Diaz did
have a chance to fight GSP a year and a half ago. He didn’t show up
to his press conference,” Hendricks told the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Cheap Seats” show prior to White’s comments on
Diaz likely getting the next shot. “He’s had two shots to get GSP.
All I’m asking is for one. That’s all that I’m asking for, and the
thing is, the more that [St. Pierre’s camp] is talking about these
other people and not wanting to fight me, it’s just giving me more
and more confidence.”
Diaz did miss a press conference in September 2011 and was pulled
from a title shot against St. Pierre. He could have also earned a
crack at the champion by beating Condit this past February, but he
lost the bout via unanimous decision. After that loss he tested
positive for marijuana metabolites, and the Nevada Athletic
Commission suspended him for a year.
“If he gets to take it after a year layoff and a loss, then it is
what it is,” Hendricks said of Diaz getting the opportunity to
fight St. Pierre. “You know what I mean? Enough being said, right?
Here I’ve been in the last year, I’ve fought three guys in the top
five and I’ve beat them all.”
Diaz has been an outspoken critic of St. Pierre, who in return
hasn’t hid his dislike for the potential challenger. Hendricks
doesn’t think that alone warrants a title fight, though.
“I can be the first one that can beat GSP,” he said. “I don’t think
you have to sit there and talk trash. I don’t think I should have
to. That’s why I like this sport, is that it’s not about who can
talk the most trash. It’s how good your performances are, right?
That’s what I really do like about this sport. You’re only as good
as your last fight, and nothing else matters. Of course you do have
to ask for the fights, and that’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve been
asking since Josh
Koscheck. I want a shot at GSP. Nothing else matters but that
right there because he has the belt.”
If Hendricks gets passed over for Diaz, he seems willing to wait
for the following title shot rather than fight again in the
“You can only hope for it, and there’s only so much that I can do
to get a title shot,” Hendricks said. “I don’t want to be one of
those people that has to be a jerk or whatever to somebody to get
it. If they bypass me, guess what? I can wait. I got better in
three months. I felt like I have improved a little bit on my
striking and I improved a lot on my jiu-jitsu just in three months.
If I have more time to wait, then guess what? I’m going to try to
get that much better.”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 29:46).