UFC Welterweight number one contender Johny Hendricks had his title opportunity taken away from him before when Champion Georges St-Pierre decided he would fight Nick Diaz, and with a possible superfight between former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and GSP, Hendricks was nervous the same story was playing itself over again. When Silva lost his title, Hendricks breathed a sigh of relief because that meant his fight with GSP was on. Hendricks spoke with the media today at the first stop of the UFC World Tour 2013, and spoke all about the close call and what he planned to do when he is with GSP in the octagon at UFC 167.
Hendricks told MMAJunkie:
“I was a little nervous until the Anderson-Chris Weidman fight happened because you never know what’s going to happen. If Anderson wins, does the superfight still happen? So he kind of helped me out, and now it’s actually going to happen. I can’t wait. I’m so excited.”
“Give ‘em respect because they have the belt, but he’s just a person. I can beat anybody at any given time, and that’s sort of the mentality that you’ve got to have when you’re facing somebody with the belt.
“If he’s going to sit there and do that jab, watch. I’ll bite on the mouthpiece. I’ll eat one to throw my left or right hand all day long.”
Continue reading here.
Front-Page Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports