On the mend with a torn bicep, UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is as clueless as anyone about the division's true No. 1 contender.
"Realistically, I don't care," Hendricks said Wednesday on UFC Tonight. "I'm going to have to fight one of them. I'm going to have to fight [Robbie] Lawler again or fight [Matt] Brown or Rory MacDonald or Tyron Woodley. Doesn't matter."
"They're both great fights," said Hendricks. "Brown-Lawler. I fought Lawler, never fought Brown. It just depends how [Brown] goes into that fight. I don't like to really pick on my weight class. Sort of just like a guessing game so that one's a close one. Tyron Woodely can easily wrestle [MacDonald], could out-strike him or Rory MacDonald could keep him at bay with that jab like he did a couple of other guys. It just depends."
One man not on Hendricks' radar is former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. St-Pierre successfully defended his title to Hendricks in a controversial decision last November at UFC 167, only to step away from the sport to reevaluate his career. With St-Pierre now also recovering from a second torn ACL, Hendricks isn't losing sleep over the future Hall of Famer.
"I don't. I'd love to have a rematch, don't get me wrong, but if he never came back it wouldn't bother me none. I'm trying to make my own legacy and if he's part of it that'd be great. If not, I don't care."
Eight months removed from their clash, Hendricks isn't ready to admit the fight was even close, much less a victory for St-Pierre.
"Me and Georges St-Pierre? No. I still can't. I re-watch it and I re-watch it and I re-watch it and the best I can do is three [rounds] to two. Everybody's human. Everybody makes mistakes. It was sort of on my side because I got the fight in Dallas and actually fought a very tough fight again and ended up winning."
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via DirtyBird2.
I'm baaaaack! With yet another break down of the event. Only gonna do the main card cause I don't have that much time right now, I will highlight the undercard fights to keep an eye on.
Bellator 121 was decimated by injuries, zayats, beltran, and Curran (curran vs pitbull 2 reportedly moved to 123 yet to be confirmed) all had to pull out, thus this card ending up how it is today. There is no real 'wow' fights but they're sure to be entertaining. We got some Pride stars on here as well as well as some very good prospects.
Eric Prindle vs James Thompson: To the casual this fight doesn't make sense, to the hardcore it doesn't make much sense either, but I'll try to spin it. James Thompson(19-14-1NC) is on a 5 fight win streak. I don't count that bs No contest to Mariusz and if you do then he's still on a 3 fight win streak. Defeating the 5x worlds strongest man and Polish powerhouse Mariusz Pudzainowski 2 times clearly. After that finished Bob Sapp as well as beat the beast Bobby Lashley in a highly contested bout where many though Lashley won. Personally I would really like that fight to happen again, but that's besides the point. Eric Prindle(8-5-1nc) is a former title contender but now he's regulated to build em up guy( ala Peter Graham, javy ayala). He always throws and put on exciting fights but that's all he is here. To build up James Thompson who appears to be "back" has looked excellent in his last few and is in really good shape, looking to make an impact in this hw division.
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