Morning Report: Dana White says lack of contenders for Georges St-Pierre reason enough for immediate rematch with Johny Hendricks

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Speaking with media during his UFC 167 post-fight scrum Saturday night, UFC president Dana White touched on some future plans for champions Cain Velasquez, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and discordant welterweight challenger, Johny Hendricks.

Jones, who was officially booked last week to face Glover Teixeira Feb. 1, 2014 at UFC 169, pulled out of the event just a day later. "We're still working on that," said White. "Jon Jones went back into the gym and didn't feel good. Said his legs were still bothering him, his eye is bothering him. He's still banged up from that fight. Fight wasn't that long ago. It's like being in a car accident."

Injury woes continue at heavyweight. With Velasquez currently shelved with a shoulder injury, White still has hopes for the heavyweight champ to defend his title to Fabrício Werdum in Mexico City, with Dallas, TX being another option. "I think if he's healthy we're going to do Mexico," said White. "I'd love to have him fight in both if we could. If I have to pick one, I'm picking Mexico."

Jokingly alluding that Dallas could be the site of an immediate rematch between St-Pierre and Hendricks, White was asked what made this situation different from Jones' recent title defense to Alexander Gustafsson. After initially endorsing rebooking the pair straight away, White changed his tune just days later.

"The situation was different with that one because Jon said, 'I already beat him. Now I want to fight Glover Teixeira.' He goes, 'I'll give him the rematch after.' Jon had this plan where he wanted to beat another contender and then he'd do the rematch. I respected that. Who's Georges [St-Pierre] going to fight?"

Pressed again as to why St-Pierre couldn't simply turn around and make the same argument about moving forward after beating another tough contender, White in turn asks, 'who would be next?'

"I wanna fight who? He already fought [Carlos] Condit. Johny [Hendricks] deserves this rematch. Every fight is different. You can't look at other situations and go, 'but in this fight...' Every fight is different. Johny Hendricks deserves this rematch."

White says fans will gain a new perspective on his urge to make this fight once they see some behind the scenes footage. According to White, St-Pierre's cornermen, including head trainer Firas Zahabi and grappling coach John Danaher, didn't appear overtly confident in St-Pierre's victory just prior to the judges rendering a decision.

"They didn't say anything, but oh yea. You'll see it on my video blog. They were acting like they lost the fight. They all looked like they wanted to kill themselves."

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MEDIA STEW

Make sure to check out our bevy of UFC 167 videos from this weekend.

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Dana White still wishes he fought Tito Ortiz.

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PANCRASE 253 highlight.

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Leonardo Zecchi KTFO by Ivica "Terror" Truscek.

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Stun Gun can knock you with his hands ... or his voice... (I'm sorry)

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Never know when it could be your last chance. (Not UFC 167 btw)

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Bellator 108 recap.

Bonus Bjorn Rebney Bellator 108 Post-fight media scrum.

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Action from FCC 8:

(skip to 6:40) Mark Stevens vs. Jim 'The Gentleman' Radcliffe.

(skip to 4:40) Antony Reddicen vs. Ben Holmes.

(skip to 5:20) Ben Knight vs. Adam Ashworth.

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TWEETS

As always, make sure to check out excellent 'Pros React' piece for a look at how the fighters saw UFC 167.

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Victory lap ... including Hendricks.

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More Sunday reactions.

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Alternative theories.

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Best place to take a beating: the side of a mountain with no witnesses.

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Worked it out.

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TUF China in the can.

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Cageside with McGregor.

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Women's Movement.

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He must have ruined the hell out of some kid's birthday party.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Nov. 15-17 2013)

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Chris Cariaso at UFC 169

Darren Elkins vs. Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 10

Ben Henderson vs. Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 10

Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Phillipou at UFC Fight Night 35

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via WildSoul47.

The Aftermath of UFC 167: Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks

Georges St-Pierre fought the most difficult fight of his career Saturday night against Johny Hendricks in what is being billed as "the most controversial decision" in Mixed Martial Arts history. It appears an overwhelming majority of fighters and fans have expressed outrage over the decision in which they feel Johny Hendricks is the new welterweight champion. According to score cards, rounds 2,3,4, and 5 were scored in a similar fashion leaving round 1 up to debate amongst the judges. According to FightMetric, Hendricks outstruck St-Pierre 142-125 in total strikes but St-Pierre won significant strikes 101-85. (Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1853770-georges-st-pierre-vs-johny-hendricks-breaking-down-the-fightmetric-numbers)

In my opinion, this fight is by far the closest fight in UFC title fight history. Whether or not the fight is controversial will be left up to debate forever. All across different MMA websites, fans are split on who won the fight, citing damage as the main indication of victory vs. the 10-point must system. St-Pierre and Hendricks both had their moments in the fight and it visually appeared St-Pierre was on the verge of defeat. Going into the fifth round, a sense of urgency settled upon St-Pierre (a rare sight for the reigning champion) while Hendricks displayed great confidence (a rare sight for a challenger to the welterweight title). St-Pierre put everything he had to end the fight in his favor while Hendricks, believing he had done enough the previous rounds, fought in a more defensive manner. When the bell rang, there was no doubt in Hendricks' mind that he had won the belt. Unfortunately, the following decision will forever be considered an atrocious occurrence in the UFC by fans and fighters alike: "48-47 Hendricks, 48-47 St-Pierre, and 48-47 to winner by split-decision... and STILL UFC welterweight champion of the world, Georges "Rush" St-Pierre!"

So what went wrong?

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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