Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Johny Hendricks plans on waiting out title shot with Georges St-Pierre after UFC 154 win


By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

""I feel I've earned the opportunity to fight Georges and that's it," Hendricks said. "I've done everything I could possibly do to earn that title shot. Now it's just time to prepare for it and that is what I'm going to do. I'm taking two weeks off, spending time with my family, and then I'm going back into the gym like I'm preparing to fight St. Pierre. That is the fight I want and I'm going to train like it my next fight.

I understand why Carlos Condit waited. He wanted to fight Georges St. Pierre and I totally get that. I'm not mad at him for waiting but now I know it's my turn. That is all I've been trying to do. I wanted to get my name out there where I get that shot at the title I've been wanting.

Who knows what is going to happen? I believe I can win but is it going to happen? I don't know. I just want that chance. I just want the opportunity to go out there and give it my all. The uncertainty is what makes me excited to step into the Octagon every time. You just never know. All you know is that you've prepared yourself the best you can and to go out there and fight to the best of your abilities. That's all I'm looking for in each fight. At the end I'll either get my hand raised and have the UFC belt around my waist or I don't. All I know is that I've put myself in the right position where I get the shot. Now I'm going to wait and get it done."

-Johny Hendricks talks to Duane Finley at about waiting out a fight with Georges St-Pierre after knocking out Martin Kampmann at UFC 154.

Penick's Analysis: I understand why he wants to wait, the problem with that is that he'll be out of action for at least a year. St-Pierre, when healthy, was fighting once every seven to eight months, and even if that timetable opens up a little bit, it's still going to be near the end of 2013 before he's back in the cage after his likely fight with Anderson Silva. Hendricks needs to keep his name in the minds of fans, and sitting out for all of next year won't make that title fight much of a seller outside of GSP himself. That's just how the situation stands right now, and having him wait on the sidelines isn't going to improve his profile in the eyes of fans.

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