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UFC 167: Johny Hendricks says gameplans always go to 'crap' and 'unpredictability' will win him Georges St. Pierre fight

Gameplans? Pffft. Johny Hendricks says he prefers to be unpredictable inside the Octagon, something "Bigg Rigg" believes will earn him the welterweight title this Saturday night (Nov. 16, 2013) at UFC 167.

Sarah Glenn

Gameplans and strategies are a big part of mixed martial arts (MMA), or any other sport, for that matter.

Johny Hendricks, however, isn't a fan of them. In fact, according to "Bigg Rigg," it's set gameplans that often get you into trouble when you step inside the Octagon because more often than not, they go to "crap."

That's why the current No. 1 welterweight contender has learned how to adapt in the middle of a fight. Something that has proven successful for him throughout his current run in the 170-pound division.

And while he's pretty sure he knows what kind of gameplan division kingpin Georges St-Pierre will bring to the cage with him for their championship fight at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada, "Bigg Rigg" says it's his own "unpredictable" style that will prove to be the winning formula come fight night.

He broke it down to Bleacher Report:

"What I do in a fight is adapt. Moment by moment, second by second, I adapt to what is happening in there. One thing I've learned is if you have a gameplan...gameplans can fall to crap really quickly. I know what his gameplan is going to be realistically. He's going to throw a lot of jabs. He's going to throw a lot of check-hooks to keep me at bay. And he's going to try to take me down a lot. That's what he wants. As for me, I don't know what I want. I don't go in there with a set gameplan or saying I'm going to take him down or throw certain strikes. I'm starting to blend myself as a fighter that has become sort of unpredictable, and that is what I think is going to win me this fight."

Indeed, Hendricks has proven he has what it takes to get the win in more ways than one.

The former NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion has shown he can grind his way to a hard-fought decision victory or make mince meat of the competition by knocking them out in blink of an eye with his powerful left hand; much like he did to Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch in the opening seconds of their respective bouts.

He even has a submission win to his credit.

And as predictable as Hendricks says "GSP's" style is, it has also proven to be successful, which is why the French-Canadian has been able to rule the welterweight division for the last six years. And aside from Matt Serra in 2007, no one has really been able to stop "Rush" from controlling the pace of a fight in over eight years.

Nevertheless, Hendricks is confident he has what it takes to nullify St. Pierre's attack and surprise the champion with a few tricks of his own.

Whether or not that leads to the "W," remains to be seen.

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