Hendricks has already begun preparing for UFC welterweight
champion Georges St.
He’s not even 100-percent certain that GSP won’t be moving up in
weight to fight Anderson
Silva next, but he’ll be studying the champ anyway in hopes of
fighting him this year.
In a recent interview with the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, Hendricks discussed the
possible matchup, St. Pierre’s role in the next “Captain America”
movie and more.
On whether he thinks St. Pierre will look to wrestle with
him: “Yeah, because that’s his bread and butter. I don’t
think he wants to stay on his feet for too long knowing that he
does get caught and he can be dropped. Knowing that right there, I
think he’s going to try to do a little bit of wrestling with me.
The only thing is, my wrestling, that last fight really boosted my
[wrestling] confidence into the MMA world. How my wrestling looked
in that fight and how many takedowns I got and how I used my hands,
now I’m starting to understand.
“If you watched that fight, Carlos
Condit did a great job covering up, but it left his legs wide
open, and that’s really why I was doing so many takedowns is
because it’s hard to give that up. I know my wrestling is strong. I
know MMA’s a little bit different, but the difference is that I’m
not scared to get punched. I think that’s one reason why it’s
harder to take me down, and GSP, he covers up pretty good. I think
I’m going to use that and I’m going to use my left hand also to set
up some of the takedowns.”
On St. Pierre’s style: “I think I know it fairly
well. I want to know it extremely well. We got to study it for,
let’s see here, about two weeks before I found out Nick Diaz was
going to get to fight him, and then the fight before that, it took
about two weeks before I found out that I wasn’t going to get to
fight GSP. I’ve got about a month under my belt on training, but
now that I really get to sit down, man, I just can’t wait to see if
I still remember it, for one. Two, to see if some of the things I
saw live happens in the Nick Diaz fight. Also just to study my
tapes. More or less, I’m more excited to study my tapes because
there’s some things I did all right and there’s some things I
didn’t do very well and I really want to dissect my tapes before I
even get to GSP.”
On waiting to fight St. Pierre: “Don’t get me
wrong. It’s getting irritating that stuff keeps popping up, but
you’ve got to keep your cool because whenever I do get to face
Georges St. Pierre, if I don’t keep a level head now, whenever I go
out to fight him, you might be so amped up and ready to fight, you
can’t think about what you’re supposed to do in the Octagon because
of all the things that have happened. What I have to do is, I just
have to sit back and relax and say, ‘Hey, I can’t control that.’
The only thing I can control now is that I am the No. 1 contender.
I can go into the gym. While he’s doing a movie, I’m going to be
training for GSP.”
On not being a major underdog according to current
odds: “That’s pretty exciting to know. A lot of people
believe that I can win this fight. It’s nice to believe. I believe
I can win this fight. If I don’t believe I can win this fight, then
I shouldn’t be fighting him. I shouldn’t be fighting in general. So
I believe I can win this fight, but knowing that there’s that many
people out there that believe I can win it as well, that’s great.
That’s reassuring. It just helps build your confidence as
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 32:34).