UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is one step ahead of the game. After dropping a controversial decision to then champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 in November, Hendricks scored a five-round decision victory over Robbie Lawler to take St-Pierre's forfeited title at UFC 171 March. Yet to make his first defense as champion, Hendricks believes he's already taken care of that.
"There's a sense of me that I sort of felt like Robbie Lawler was my title defense because of the Georges St-Pierre fight," Hendricks told MMA Fight Corner. "That's the way I'm looking at it. It's not technically my title defense but I've got the same mindset."
Now cleared to start training with his surgically repaired bicep, Hendricks is curious to see how he'd fare against Lawler with full use of his right arm. He'll get his chance if Lawler makes it past Matt Brown later this month at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose.
"Don't get me wrong, I'll throw with whoever's the No. 1 contender," said Hendricks. "I'll fight them. I'm not going to run away from that, but there's a part of me that wants to see how I can do against Robbie Lawler, healthy. Then again, there's the part of me that wants to sort of train for Matt Brown or Rory MacDonald or whoever else is out there."
As for MacDonald, Hendricks says he feels as if he's already beaten the better version of the same fighter.
"I think I have faced [MacDonald]," said Hendricks. "It was [Georges St-Pierre]. It is GSP. The only difference is [MacDonald] has been able to control people a little bit differently than GSP has. He uses his jab by doing that. If you watch the GSP fights, really good strikers, really explosive guys, they try to use that jab to do that. What they don't understand is that they're not going to hit me with that jab. They're not going to keep me at bay with that jab."
Should St-Pierre ever return to the division he ruled for seven years, Hendricks believes the former champion will need an entirely different strategy to beat him again.
"I've heard that GSP's been watching my fights. Re-watching stuff because he's going to have to put himself in more danger to hurt me, to mess up my game. That puts him in trouble. He's been able to get away with so much because he's been able to out-wrestle people. He can't out-wrestle me. He can't out-strength me. No matter how much weight he puts on. I think he's at 201 pounds right now. They said he's beefing up because he felt weak against me. He's going to feel weak, even if he's at 201. If Rory MacDonald wants to get in there I'll fight him, too."
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Smart move to put out a video like this the day Team USA plays?
Myles Jury (@FuryJury) July 2, 2014
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Get well soon.
At the hand specialist, first time seeing my hand unwrapped since the fight and my hand looks morbidly... http://t.co/AaRD5LTfwr— Ricardo Lamas (@RicardoLamasMMA) July 1, 2014
A shame what they're doin 2 a man that's held the torch 4 a company and has helped build sport along with it. Then go and drop him? #Notcool— Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) July 1, 2014
I do not condone the actions taken by him although it was needed for medical reasons. Just sad to see a pioneer of the sport go this way— Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) July 1, 2014
To our friends up north.
Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian fans!— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) July 1, 2014
Get it together.
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via skooly.
Memories of a time long gone.
You didn't have to like him or even respect him to still feel the twinge of pathos at seeing one man's personal reputation and professional career go up in all-consuming flames. That the flames were sparked by his own hands will no doubt delight some and depress others. Yet few can ignore the impact Chael Sonnen had on the sport.
Chael was a rare force in MMA and in MMA media. At times brash, outrageous, and snortingly funny, he was also capable of moments of honesty, objectivity, and candid self-reflection. That he could transition seamlessly from flamboyant showman to objective commentator is a testament to his skills in performance art. That he was mentioned as a possible successor to Dana White underscores the impact he made.
His two fights against Anderson Silva - from the long trash-talking buildup to the first fight, to the stunning dominance he displayed over Silva for most of the fight, to his epic submission loss in the last two minutes - will go down in MMA history as some of the craziest shit we've ever born witness to.
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