Recently Georges St-Pierre argued that the Johny Hendricks he faced back in 2013 is “gone”, and the former welterweight champ clearly didn’t care for the comment.
St-Pierre faced Hendricks back in November, 2013, and emerged with a controversial, split decision win. As you likely know, GSP announced he was taking a hiatus from fighting afterwards, and hasn’t fought since. It’s a bout that Hendricks has repeatedly said he wants back.
Well, in early March, St-Pierre was asked to weigh-in on Hendricks and whether he’s the same force now, as he was previously. At the time, Hendricks wasn’t long removed from a decision win over Hector Lombard, but before that victory, “Bigg Rigg” had lost three straight and four of his last five. GSP proceeded to say “I believe the best Johny Hendricks I’ve seen is gone”.
“I can’t wait to retire him again. That’s really what I’ve been thinking,” Hendricks said. “You know, I told him, I have no disrespect for the guy. He did amazing things. But three years out of it, you know, things have changed. And he said that I’m washed out. Well, guess what? It’s a new Johny at 185. And I cannot wait for him to see; I can’t wait to see how this happens.
“Because win or lose, I think he should come after me. I think I should get that loss back. Realistically, you know, it is what it is, but I would like to do it again. I really do. And this time, he thought I was strong at 170? Wait until he feels me at 185 when I’m not killing myself to make weight…”
It’s not surprising to hear that Hendricks didn’t care for St-Pierre’s statements, and that he still wants to fight the Canadian star. But, it’s kind of hard to imagine this fight happening anytime soon. St-Pierre will take on middleweight champ Michael Bisping later this year, but he hasn’t said he plans to defend the 185 title, if he wins it. So, unless Hendricks scores some pivotal wins in the coming months, a rematch with GSP seems unlikely right now.
Hendricks, meanwhile, is booked to face Tim Boetsch on June 25th.