In a little over a month, Georges St. Pierre will be putting his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title on the line when he faces Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Last Vegas, Nevada. It's one of the most anticipated bout as Hendricks possesses the skill set to beat St. Pierre.
The bout has already been marred with controversy due to the discussions and failure to commit to additional drug testing. St. Pierre and Hendricks agreed to outside drug testing, but talks fell apart when they had a conference call with the UFC and Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Stephanie Daniels of MMA Sentinel radio spoke with former UFC interim Welterweight champion Carlos Condit about a variety of topics and the bout between St. Pierre and Hendricks obviously came up in the conversation. The interview transcription was posted on Bloody Elbow.
Condit has been in the cage with both men and has taken both into deep waters so he can speak from experience about what the two bring to the table. While he didn't want to commit fully, it sounds like he's picking Hendricks to upset St. Pierre in November.
MMA Sentinel: You've fought both Johny Hendricks and Georges St. Pierre. How do you see their fight playing out?
Carlos Condit: I do think that's an interesting match-up. Hendricks obviously has some incredible wrestling abilities. I think it's going to come down to who can take who down or who can defend the other guy's takedowns. If Georges is able to take Hendricks down, I think he's going to win the fight with a decision. If Hendricks is able to stop Georges' takedowns, that's going to make for a really interesting fight. We might just get to see Georges out of the comfort zone that he's enjoyed over the last... I don't know how many title defenses. He's been able to pretty much at will, put a guy on his back, whereas Hendricks has that power, that left hand that could put Georges to sleep. I'm definitely looking forward to it.
With news breaking that St. Pierre is considering retirement if he loses to Hendricks, this event could very well be the last time we see "Rush" in the Octagon. For the UFC's sake, I hope that's not the case. While St. Pierre isn't the most exciting fighter, he's definitely one of the best of all time. It would be a shame for him to hang up the gloves.