UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks is often associated with a handful of traits – his beard, his one-punch power, and his general humility when it comes to self-promotion or running down peers. However, Hendricks appears ready to change course when it comes to the latter area after a number of comments this week pertaining to the possibility of facing interim divisional champion Carlos Condit.
Condit last fought in February where he won the belt and has opted to wait for the return of linear title-holder Georges St-Pierre this November instead of defending his strap. While Hendricks initially understood Condit’s desire to sit on the sidelines, a recent statement from “The Natural Born Killer” calling out Martin Kampmann instead of Hendricks have rubbed the 13-1 contender the wrong way.
“I don’t want to be on the shelf, but when I heard Condit call out Kampmann I figured if Condit isn’t going to wait, then I’m not willing to wait anymore either,” said Hendricks in an interview with Five Ounces of Pain. “The reason I was willing to wait is because you never know when you’ll get another shot at the title, but if he’s going to fight it should be against me. I want to fight for the belt – whether it’s the interim belt or the undisputed belt I want it.”
Condit’s interest in Kampmann is in part related to the Dane’s recent knockout of Jake Ellenberger in addition to having lost a Split Decision to “The Hitman” in 2009. Still, that means little to Hendricks who has won four straight including a knockout of Jon Fitch and decision over Josh Koscheck.
“I want this title. I want to bring it home. I’ve got a great resume and have beaten a lot of top guys. I am going to push for this Condit fight. Nothing else matters at this point. I have my mind set on fighting Condit in the next couple of months,” an upset Hendricks concluded.
Unfortunately for fans of the former All-American wrestler, it seems unlikely Hendricks will get his wish, as GSP is said to be recovering as planned from surgery for a torn ACL and expected to be back before the end of 2012.
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