Georges St. Pierre has dominated the UFC welterweight division for about six years now.

However, his string of wins via decision may keep him from getting the credit he deserves. At least, that’s the view of Johny Hendricks’ trainer Steven Wright.

In an interview with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show, the Team Takedown striking coach discussed a potential title shot for Hendricks, GSP’s ability and much more.

On St. Pierre: “He doesn’t get enough due for what he’s accomplished because of his lack of ability to finish guys. With that said, he’s still an exceptional mixed martial artist. Sometimes it gets lost because everyone’s looking for him to win by stoppage. Bottom line is, guys are better. It drives me crazy when I hear someone say, ‘Don’t let it go to the judges’ decision.’ I know what they mean, but the other guy’s a world-class guy too. Maybe he’s not getting stopped? Maybe he’s not going away?”

On fighters being satisfied to go the distance with St. Pierre: “Sometimes they get it in their mind once they’re in there with GSP, ‘If I at least go the distance, I’ve accomplished something.’ That’s not Johny at all. Johny’s trying to win every second of every round. He’s going to push. He’s going to give the best performance of his life that day, and we’re excited for the fight.”

On whether Hendricks will deal with St. Pierre’s reach the same way he dealt with Carlos Condit’s: “It will be a little different because we’ll have to be more conscious of the takedowns of course, but we will bring out the appropriate training partners. Everybody’s taller than Johny. That’s the one advantage that they’ve got. Everyone we’ve gone against, except for Mike Pierce, has had that height advantage over us. I think it’s more difficult for them to deal with his speed than it is for him to deal with their height because he always deals with their height whereas they don’t always deal with his speed and power.”

On St. Pierre’s strategy: “We don’t think there’s going to be any surprises. That’s one thing about having GSP be as good as he has been for so long: There’s no new wrinkle that he’s going to go out and learn that he’s going to use against Johny that we’re going to be like, ‘Oh, I didn’t see that coming.’ Johny will be wired. He’ll know what he’s seeing.”

On Hendricks’ ability to close the distance: “That’s the reason the KO with [Martin] Kampmann happened because while Kampmann was in his bounce, kind of looking to get comfortable and looking for Johny to throw so he could counter, it was too late. Johny had already closed the distance and hit him twice before he’d realized the space was covered.”

On Hendricks’ wrestling: “Johny has got such good vision. He’s so comfortable on the feet that he usually ranges his takedowns by distance. If someone’s standing in a certain place, if they’re high, he’s looking for certain things in your level changing and how you move your offense, to get his takedowns.”

On Hendricks’ striking: “I love that people don’t know how good Johny is. I love when I look on forums and people say, ‘Oh, he’s just a brawler that just needs to get close and just land left hands.’ People don’t realize how skilled this guy is, how good his vision is. He rarely gets hit big. Rarely does he take big shots. He’s very skilled.”

On Hendricks’ chances against St. Pierre: “We understand that a lot of people have picked Johny to lose quite a few times, but I understand the athlete I’ve got. I believe that I’ve got the best 170 in the world and we’re just looking for the opportunity to fight GSP now.”

Listen to the full interview (beginning at 2:38:36).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 189 free fight: Robbie Lawler vs Johny Hendricks 2

  • 2 days ago
  • 119 views

Current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler looks to defend his title for the first time against Canadian striker Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 on July 11. But first, travel back in time and check ou read news >>

Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler 2 fight video

  • 7 days ago
  • 3 views

Check out full video of the second welterweight title bout between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler. UFC 181 seems like so long ago now. Back in December of 2014, Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks f read news >>

UFC Full Fight Flashback: Robbie Lawler Takes Welterweight Title from Johny Hendricks

  • 8 days ago
  • 0 views

In a rematch of a fight of the year candidate, Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks battled it out once again for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 181. read news >>

Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler II full fight video

  • 8 days ago
  • 5 views

Watch the Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler full fight video below to see Lawler's title win over Hendricks at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, 2014. Lawler, the UFC welterweight champion, returns to the Octagon a read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk broke her thumb in UFC Berlin fight, likely needs surgery

  • 14 days ago
  • 30 views

Joanna "Champion" might have dominated Jessica Penne at UFC Berlin, but injured herself in the process. In her most recent performance, a title defense against American challenger Jessica Penne at UF read news >>

UFC Fight Night 69 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Jedrzejczyk vs. Penne Fight

  • 16 days ago
  • 28 views

UFC women's strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk viciously dominated Jessica Penne on Saturday at UFC Fight Night Berlin. Jedrzejczyk scored a third-round TKO win in a fight that was never in doub read news >>

Bellator 138 Fight Video: Bobby Lashley dominates Dan Charles Full Highlights

  • 17 days ago
  • 123 views

Watch how Bobby Lashley dominated Dan Charles at Bellator 138. Originally supposed to be a rematch against James Thompson, Bobby Lashley instead took on a late replacement in Dan Charles at Bellator read news >>

Johny Hendricks headed to UFC 189, will face winner of Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald

  • 26 days ago
  • 18 views

Time to gas up the Bat-Truck, because the beard coming to "Sin City." Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will be in attendance at the upcoming UFC 189: read news >>

Johny Hendricks told he's next for welterweight title shot, will attend UFC 189

  • 26 days ago
  • 13 views

Former champion Johny Hendricks is ready to get that welterweight title back. And he'll attend UFC 189 on July 11 to watch current champion Robbie Lawler defend the belt against Rory MacDonald to fin read news >>

Johny Hendricks, Donald Cerrone Next in Line for UFC Title Shots

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

According to a report from UFC Tonight, Johny Hendricks' manager has been told by UFC officials that he will get the next shot at the 170-pound title. Additionally, Donald Cerrone has been informed t read news >>