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UFC 167: Hendricks Plans to Showcase Power in Right Hand

Kelsey Mowatt

Johny Hendricks

There is no shortage of important fights set for the UFC’s schedule in November, but chances are you’d have a tough time finding someone arguing that Georges St. Pierre-Johny Hendricks isn’t the biggest. While GSP has his fair share of critics, he is the longest reigning champion in the UFC and is without question one of the planet’s best P4P fighters. In Hendricks you have a decorated wrestler with ridiculous KO power, who many believe could be the welterweight champ’s greatest challenge yet.

One of the big reasons many people feel this way is because of Hendricks’ left hand, which he’s used to end the nights of contenders like Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann, and with just one shot. While speaking to recently, however, “Bigg Rigg” relayed that St. Pierre has to be concerned about another of his weapons at UFC 167 (comments transcribed via Bloody

“I can lay you out with both hands. Everybody thinks that my left hand is the hand that’s going to do it, but my goal is to put him away and knock him out with my right. I am hurting people with my right hand in the gym, so that’s what it’s about, letting the world know I can do it with both (hands).”

“That’s what I want I want to do. I want to run into those takedowns. Just wait, I got stuff for that takedown. I’m a wrestler too, that’s what people forget. I know how to defeat a wrestler. I know how to stay away from takedowns.”

Considering Hendricks’ physical frame and the strength he’s showcased in the Octagon many times before, no one would be surprised to see him put someone away with a right hand. It’s going to be fascinating to see how aggressively Hendricks comes out, and how GSP reacts if he does. If you’re wondering, the betting lines have Hendricks as an underdog in the +175 to +185 range.

UFC 167 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will feature Chael Sonnen taking on Rashad Evans in the co-main-event.

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