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Johny Hendricks to Georges St-Pierre 'if you can't handle being champion, give it up'

Johny Hendricks has some really strong words for Georges St-Pierre after UFC 167...

Sarah Glenn

One week removed from UFC 167 and Johny Hendricks is still seething from the judges giving Georges St-Pierre the split decision in the main event. The bout was for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title, a belt that St-Pierre has held since 2008.

The decision was panned by most in the sport, with UFC President Dana White going on the offensive at the post-fight press conference. Without using the word "corruption", White let everyone know that something stinks in Nevada and the Governor needs to step in and fix the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

To make matters worse, St-Pierre stated that he had some things going on in his personal life and needed to take a year or two off from the sport to get his life back in order. What St-Pierre didn't do was officially retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.

Hendricks appeared on AXS Television's Inside MMA on Friday night (Nov. 22, 2013) and spoke with host Kenny Rice about St-Pierre's supposed hiatus from the sport.

"Dude I've got three kids. You know what I'm saying? Talk about sleep? Are you kidding me? Everybody's got problems in life. That's the way it is. If you can't handle being champion, give it up. We chose to get into that octagon, we chose not to sleep. I don't know how many times I've went to bed at five, six o'clock in the morning and woke up at 10, running four miles because I wanted to beat GSP that bad. Dude, who cares. I chose this life. Tell yourself whatever you need to. Just get back in that octagon with me. I can't wait for the rematch."

While White and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta are optimistic that St-Pierre will return quickly for an immediate rematch, Hendricks just doesn't seem certain that it's going to happen. It's clear that St-Pierre's mind is on other things at the moment and it's unlikely he'll want to fight again on such a quick turn around.

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