A week removed from the biggest fight (and loss) of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career, Johny Hendricks is moving on from the nightmare that was UFC 167, which saw "Bigg Rigg" come up short on the judges' scorecards against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.
The decision to allow "Rush" to keep his title after the five-round war sent shockwaves throughout the fight community as many felt Hendricks should have been the rightful victor.
While most would still be dwelling after having their dream taken away from them, Hendricks, for one, is looking forward to the future and leaving the past in the rear-view mirror. And the future, according to "Bigg Rigg," is a rematch against St-Pierre.
When the time comes, a confident Hendricks says he will get the finish and won't allow judges to be a factor, as he recently declared on "The MMA Hour:"
"I'm over it, I'm looking forward to the future. It's all I can do at this point. To sit and dwell on it, it is what it is. Just move forward and I know I'm going to get him again if he doesn't retire. Next time, I am going to make sure it doesn't go to judges. There is a couple of things I am going to take into my hands, literally, and I'm going to do things differently to finish GSP. I had him rocked in the second round and I am going to finish it next time."
After the bout, St-Pierre made the shocking announcement that he would be stepping away from the fight game to get his head straight and take care of sleep-depriving personal issues (like this one) and decide if fighting would be in his upcoming plans.
While some sympathize with the French-Canadian for his personal problems, Hendricks for one, doesn't.
"No, do you think I got great sleep? You're training for a guy who hasn't been beaten in six years. I spend time with my kids, I spend time with my wife, I'm not just a fighter. All he has on his plate, realistically, is being a fighter. Everybody goes through life problems, that's what life is all about. It's balancing them trying to get better, trying do this or trying to do that. There were nights that I got two hours of sleep, four hours of sleep. But, like I said, it is what it is, who cares? I don't know, that's just the way I look at it. Everybody's got a hitch, how are you going to overcome that hitch? How do you balance those problems in your life? But hey, everybody is different. I wasn't raised, I guess it boils down to my raising, is that I wasn't raised to really complain. You figure out what's wrong, and you meet it head forward and you conquer it. That's still the way I live my life the best I can."
In addition, "Bigg Rigg" believes St-Pierre is debating on whether or not to accept a rematch against him because now that he's had a taste of his power and knows he can lose to him, doing it over might not be so fun.
If "Rush" does indeed return to the Octagon, a rematch will undoubtedly be one of the biggest in UFC's history. One that will likely make big bucks, just like the first one did.
And walking away from a potential big payday such as that one is a pretty hard thing to do. But having to dish some of that coin back out, I'm sure, isn't something St-Pierre's eager to do.