Georges St-Pierre is still keeping his long term comeback plans a secret, simply declaring that he wants his final fights to be the biggest possible in a bid to make more history for himself in the sport. That involves carefully monitoring the 'fighter stock market' to see who has the highest value. Who knows what kind of metrics he'll use to determine the best opponents, but one thing is for sure: he's not interested in rematching Johny Hendricks as things stand now.
“I believe the best Johny Hendricks I’ve seen is gone,” St-Pierre said in a recent appearance on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. “When he fought Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, Carlos Condit, when he fought me, I think this Johny Hendricks is gone. I didn’t feel the same pop, the same explosiveness. Maybe he’s going to prove it wrong at 185 maybe, but I feel he’s not the same anymore."
Hendricks just snapped a three fight losing streak at welterweight that involved two botched weight cuts. He moved up in weight to 185 pounds and managed to defeat Hector Lombard via unanimous decision, but the performance wasn't enough to impress Georges St-Pierre.
"We’ll see what’s going to happen with him,” Georges said. “Maybe if he bounces back like before. I believe he has the tools to go back to title contention for 185.”
That's bad news for Hendricks, who has been talking some pretty strong smack about Georges St-Pierre lately, probably in the hopes it will improve his chances of a rematch. And while we doubt that will earn him a shot at a Georges who isn't interested in anything but the biggest of big fights, at least it gives him some motivation to keep winning at 185: a chance to prove his near-win over GSP back in 2013 wasn't a fluke or a thing of the past.