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Johny Hendricks is still furious by the fact UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre doesn't want to fight him and instead wants to take on Nick Diaz, who has not fought since February and is coming off a loss. While angry, Hendricks is beginning to grasp the reality of the situation and on Monday's episode of Inside MMA on AXS TV, "Bigg Rigg" talked about being passed over, possibly fighting again before his title shot, wanting the belt more than anything and why GSP choosing not to fight him is a mistake.
Hendricks has taken to Twitter and conducted several interviews where his anger over the situation shines through.
"Bigg Rigg" appeared on Monday's edition on Inside MMA on AXS TV and expressed disappointment that St. Pierre chose to fight an opponent coming off a loss opposed to himself, who is unbeaten in his last four fights including wins over three top-10 welterweights in Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and Martin Kampmann.
"The guy [St. Pierre] should be fighting is me, who is coming off a win. It makes me think if I don't finish Kampmann, is GSP going to fight me? You know what I'm saying? Here I am knocking people out and here he is asking for somebody else. It's a little ironic that night was supposed to be for the number one contendership and after that night he doesn't say a word to me and doesn't want to fight Anderson Silva, he doesn't want to fight me, but here he is calling out Nick Diaz."
With the news is still fresh, no timetable has been set for the St. Pierre vs. Diaz title fight. Unfortunately for Hendricks, that leaves him in the dust wondering how long it will take for a title shot of his own to materialize.
The 29-year-old was adamant following his most recent victory over Martin Kampmann at UFC 154 that he is content with waiting until St. Pierre is ready to fight him. But with a match up between the French-Canadian and Diaz on tap, Hendricks may have no choice but to fight again.
If that's the case, the Oklahoma native will be ready -- he just wants to know a name, date and location.
"If I have to have a fight, that's what I leave to my managers. Right now I feel like - I feel like I've done everything I can to fight GSP, you know what I'm saying? So that's why I'm speaking out for myself to say I want to fight GSP. But if it's not GSP, you know that's my manager's job and that Joe Silva's job to plan something along those lines. If I don't get GSP I just want to know when, where and who it is, you know what I'm saying? I don't like to be in the negotiations or anything like that, just because I don't care. I know I have to win, and it doesn't matter when or where - I got to win. "
Should Hendricks sit on the sidelines and wait for St. Pierre to fight Diaz, he says time is only going to play to his advantage. Hendricks is improving with each passing day and there's no telling how his skills will evolve should his title shot no materialize until late-2013.
"[I want to fight] whoever has the belt, like if Condit would have won tonight, or that night, I would be calling out for Condit. All I want is the belt, nothing else matter but the belt. It doesn't matter the person or anything, just that shiny thing they put around their waist when they win, that's all I'm looking for."
Hendricks is legitimately bummed out over the entire situation. And while he has publicly stated he's mad at St. Pierre for choosing to fight Diaz over himself, Hendricks wants to be very clear that he doesn't care about fighting GSP per say, but the championship belt it what's most important.
"Right now, time will only make me better, you know what I'm saying? I had three months off and got way better in the Octagon from not being in the Octagon, from actually training for myself, you know what I'm saying? Because sometimes you sit there, you focus on fighting the fight, but you never really get the time to focus on yourself, so I felt like with that three months I was able to do so much, get so much better and - I don't want to sit out for a year, I shouldn't have to sit out for a year, I should be fighting GSP in May or April, you know what I'm saying? April or May, I don't really care. And I don't care where, I just want to fight GSP and you know, if I have to sit out for a year man it's just going to make it that much harder for GSP."
More on St. Pierre vs. Diaz as well as Hendricks' future will be determined in the coming weeks and months, but for now, add Hendricks' name to the list of fighters who has been passed over in lieu of a fight that's a "bigger draw."