Hendricks Wants GSP Rematch
Former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks rebounded from a three-fight skid with a win over Hector Lombard at 185 lbs. on Sunday. Though he’s moved on to a new division, there’s still one loss on his record that Hendricks wants back: his controversial 2013 defeat to Georges St. Pierre, who has just resigned with the UFC.
Hendricks challenged St. Pierre for the welterweight title at UFC 167. The American challenger was one of the most successful against the previously dominant St. Pierre, hurting the Canadian champion multiple times in the fight. When it was announced that St. Pierre had been awarded the split decision victory, many — including Hendricks — were shocked.
That was the last time St. Pierre stepped into the Octagon, as he vacated his title which would eventually be won by Hendricks in his next fight. But with recent news that St. Pierre is coming back, and rumors that he may be stepping up to 185 lbs., Hendricks has his eye on revenge.
“Georges might be coming back and I just say sorry for the Canadians,” Hendricks said during the UFC Halifax post-fight press conference. “I’m going to have to beat his face in, definitely if he comes to 185.”
“Because that’s a fight I’ve been really looking forward [to]. And now that I’ve got a win on my belt at 185, he’s the newcomer at 185, supposedly."
It is unknown at this point who GSP will face in his return fight. There have been talks about a fight with middleweight champion Michael Bisping, or a potential matchup against the winner of the welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. Hendricks, however, argues that his performance in his fight against St. Pierre warrants him a chance at redemption.
“I think he said he might come to 185 because he wants to fight [Michael] Bisping,” Hendricks said. “Who would want to see him and Bisping or me and Bisping? I’m sure the whole world would much rather see that.”