johny-hendricks-22.jpgJohny Hendricks avoided a serious hand injury in this past weekend’s UFC 158 co-headliner and now hopes to fight welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in late summer.

Hendricks (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) earned his title shot with a hard-fought unanimous-decision victory over ex-interim champ Carlos Condit at Montreal’s Bell Centre on March 16. He’s now next up for St-Pierre (24-2 MMA, 18-2 UFC), who easily handled Nick Diaz in the event’s headliner.

In the post-event press conference, Hendricks said he injured his left hand in the first round of the fight and feared it might be broken. He was unsure of his recovery time.

However, on Monday, he said the hand was feeling better.

“Update on my hand: it was feeling so much better today I decided not to go to the doc,” he tweeted. “Recovery going good!”

On Tuesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FUEL TV, reporter Ariel Helwani said Hendricks is targeting August for his fight with St-Pierre. Featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis are slated to headline UFC 163 on Aug. 3, but UFC 164 takes place Aug. 31 in Milwaukee and needs a headliner.

However, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, UFC President Dana White would like to host St-Pierre’s next fight in Las Vegas. The Canadian has fought in his home country for his past four bouts.

Hendricks, a two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion, is currently on a six-fight win streak with three knockouts. In addition to Condit, recent wins have come over notables such as Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Martin Kampmann. His powerful left hand has set up many of his wins.

He takes on St-Pierre, the UFC’s long-reigning 170-pound titleholder. With his victory over Diaz, St-Pierre has now won 11 straight fights. He also owns the UFC record for most UFC welterweight title defenses with eight. He’s also tied with Matt Hughes for the most wins (18) in UFC history.

For complete coverage of UFC 158, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

(Pictured: Johny Hendricks)

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