A huge contingent of people see UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks as the division’s top contender. However, champion Georges St-Pierre isn’t among them. Rather, St-Pierre feels upcoming foe Nick Diaz is far more deserving of the distinction and opted to take a tilt with him at UFC 158 rather than Hendricks as a result.

While some fans might label GSP as being scared of Hendricks’ blend of power and wrestling technique, St-Pierre addressed the matter at a recent press conference promoting his March 16 match-up with Diaz where he explained his rationale behind his decision.

“(There are) different reasons why. First, Nick and I were supposed to fight before, and this is the fight everybody wants to see. This is the big fight people wanted to see. People wanted to see this fight more than me fighting any other guys.”

“My other option was Johny Hendricks and Johny Hendricks, when I watched the fight with Josh Koscheck, according to me Josh Koscheck should have won that fight, so I didn’t want to fight a guy that lost to a guy I beat.”

“I think for me Nick Diaz is the #1 contender. He’s proven himself many times before, and there is a story between us. It’s a big fight everybody wants to see. Nick wanted to have that fight for a long time. I wanted to have that fight for a long time. Now it’s time to do it.”


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