By most accounts, UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks should be the one standing opposite from champion Georges St-Pierre when the cage door closes for the main event at UFC 158. Hendricks is 14-1 with wins in his last five fights including knockouts of Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann, yet he was bypassed for Nick Diaz based on the controversial contender’s personal rivalry with St-Pierre.
Hendricks has a chance to cement his overdue title-shot at the same event where he’ll collide with Carlos Condit after a bout with Jake Ellenberger fell apart in recent weeks. The bearded brawler offered up his mindset entering the match-up in a conversation with Sherdog Radio, making it clear he wants to one-up GSP by finishing Condit instead of outpointing him at St-Pierre did last November.
“First off, I didn’t know I was going to be switching opponents. My manager and my coaches made that decision for me, which that’s what I wanted. But with the switch, Carlos Condit’s just coming off having the interim belt, fighting GSP, and if I can get a win against him, that should overlook anybody else in the division. It should make it to where there can’t be anybody else.”
“When a big opportunity comes to fight somebody like Carlos Condit, win or lose, I want to make sure I’m trying to put myself out there as much as possible and do the best I can. Because my whole thought process is that I don’t have to go out there and destroy people. That’s not my thought process at all whenever I go into a fight. My thought process is that everybody’s going to be 100-percent hard to fight.”
“The thing is, he’s just coming off the GSP loss. That’s still fresh in everybody’s mind. If I can do something that GSP couldn’t, no matter what it is, then that should also show I’m ready for the next step.”
SOURCE: Sherdog Radio
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