After struggling to make 170 pounds in his recent outings, Hendricks made his middleweight debut last night at UFC Fight Night 105, against Hector Lombard. Hendricks ended a three fight, losing streak, by earning a unanimous decision win over the former Bellator champ.
As any big fan knows, Hendricks and St-Pierre have some history. The two squared off back in 2013, when GSP was the reigning king of the welterweight division. The Canadian star went on to win a tightly contested, and many said controversial, split decision win over Hendricks. As a result, Hendricks has always wanted that fight back, but St-Pierre hasn’t been active. More recently, however, GSP has finalized a new deal with the UFC, and he’s relayed he’d like to face the middleweight champ, Michael Bisping.
Following his successful, middleweight debut last night, Hendricks extended this warning to GSP (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I would just say sorry for the Canadians,” Hendricks said, while disussing St-Pierre. “I’m going to have to beat his face in, definitely if he comes to 185. Because that’s a fight that I’ve been really looking for. And now that I’ve got a win under my belt at 185, he’s a newcomer at 185.”
“Who would want to see him and Bisping, or me and Bisping? I’m pretty sure the whole world would much rather see that,” Hendricks also reportedly noted, while referring to a Bisping – GSP bout.
There’s probably a lot of people who would be interested in seeing St-Pierre – Hendricks II, but at this juncture, it kind of seems unlikely. St-Pierre is likely looking to maximize his bouts, in terms of scope and pay, and right now, a fight with Bisping would be bigger.