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When Johny Hendricks and his team watched Georges St. Pierre come from the brink of defeat to defend his welterweight title against Carlos Condit, they knew "GSP" was the fight they wanted next.
Johny Hendricks really wants to fight for the welterweight championship, that much we know. He's probably going to wait as long as it takes for that opportunity to come along, too, as he informed our very own Brian Hemminger not long ago.
But he also really wants to fight Georges St. Pierre.
His coach, Steven Wright, told Sherdog.com that when "Rush" weathered a storm in round three against Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on Nov. 17 in Montreal, surviving a monster head kick and vicious onslaught from one of the most dangerous finishers in the sport, it sealed the deal. Hendricks wants "GSP" and he wants him next.
"For GSP to overcome that moment, the moment he wasn't able to overcome against [Matt] Serra, it speaks volumes to me on how skilled this guy is. That's why we that much more want to fight him because we want to go against that level. ... Clearly, after the resume that we've put together, we definitely want GSP."
Nothing ever goes the way you want it to, though, and there's a big 185-pound snag in Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, who says he wants to throw down with St. Pierre next year.
The UFC, by the way, has promised to make that fight, likely at Cowboys Stadium in Texas in what would be the biggest event in the history of the sport. Obviously, that means Hendricks, who destroyed Martin Kampmann in the co-main event of UFC 154, is going to have to wait.
The good news is St. Pierre's 170-pound title won't be on the line when he does fight Silva, so his title shot will remain in tact until that super-fight business is settled. He can simply bide his time and snag the opportunity when it comes available.
Sound like a plan?