There aren’t many fighters out there flashing a bigger smile than the one UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks currently has splashed across his face. A 12-1 wrestler with knockout power, Hendricks is coming off the biggest win of his career in knocking out Jon Fitch and has another huge test ahead of him in the form of facing Josh Koscheck at UFC on FOX 3 he’s eagerly awaiting.
Hendricks spoke about the upcoming fight with Koscheck where the enthusiastic 28-year old expressed his thoughts on the opportunity, saying, “I’m so excited. As soon as they told me…I was coyote huntin…I couldn’t even coyote hunt and I love hunting. I was so excited I was like, ‘Hey guys, I’ve gotta go home and start watching film, doing stuff for that.’ Man, I can’t wait!”
While Hendricks had originally hoped for a shot at Carlos Condit’s interim welterweight title, with Condit deciding to sit out and wait for linear champion Georges St. Pierre to return it appears Hendricks feels Koscheck was the next best thing.
“If I beat him I might get Fighter of the Year. That’s what I’m looking for now,” explained the Oklahoman. “If I don’t get that title-shot let’s move towards something else.”
Of course beating a seasoned opponent like the 17-5 Koscheck is certainly easier said than done, Hendricks is absolutely confident in his ability to put the polarizing pugilist away.
“Put my hands on him, take him down, whatever. I don’t care where the fight goes. I believe I’m better than him everywhere the fight goes,” Hendricks stated on the subject of taking Koscheck out. “I just can’t wait to hit him. Put this left hand on him and see what happens.”
Check out the full Hendricks interview below:
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