If Johny Hendricks and Georges St-Pierre are ever booked to fight again, it sounds like the latter will pretty, pretty confident about defeating “Bigg Rigg” for a second time.
As any big time fan knows, GSP and Hendricks fought back in 2013, during the storied, welterweight reign of “Rush”. Hendricks, however, came very close to ending St-Pierre’s 12 fight win streak and long run as champ, as the latter escaped with a split decision win. Many people had Hendricks winning the fight.
Hendricks went on to become the welterweight champ, as many folks predicted he would, after GSP vacated the title. But, since the decorated wrestler lost the belt to Robbie Lawler in 2014, Hendricks has gone 2-3. The 33 year-old fighter, who once terrorized fighters with his booming left, hasn’t finished an opponent since 2012.
Well, now that GSP will fight the middleweight champ Michael Bisping later this year, he was a guest on the UFC’s “Unfiltered” podcast. While discussing Hendricks during the show, the Canadian star said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I believe the best Johny Hendricks I’ve seen is gone,” St-Pierre said. “When he fought Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, Carlos Condit – when he fought me – I think this Johny Hendricks is gone. I didn’t feel the same pop, the same explosiveness. Maybe he’s going to prove [me] wrong at 185 maybe, but I feel he’s not the same anymore.”
GSP isn’t the only person who’s voiced this opinion. That’s for sure. Now, Hendricks has made it really clear that he wants another crack at St-Pierre. So, could this happen? If GSP wins the 185 title? Hendricks is also competing at middleweight now?
“We’ll see what’s going to happen with him,” St-Pierre added. “Maybe if he bounces back like before. I believe he has the tools to go back to title contention for 185.”
Guess we’ll see what happens. As it stands right now, however, a lot would have to fall into place before GSP – Hendricks II materializes.