Johny Hendricks is not a happy man.
The too welterweight contender in performance terms, with three top-ten wins in twelve months, Hendricks has become a casualty of the PPV game. Nick Diaz is perceived as a bigger draw to fight Georges St-Pierre and so even though Diaz is coming off a loss and hasnâ€™t fought in a year, that match is likely to headline a pay-per-view card in the new year.
Hendricks stopped Jon Fitch in December last year, then took a split-decision over Josh Koscheck in May before sparking Martin Kampmann in November. Diaz last fought in February, losing a decision to Carlos Condit and then getting suspended for marijuana use. His ban expires in February 2013.
â€śIt feels like you get heart ripped out of you. You do everything right and then the champ calls someone out that hasnâ€™t even fought in a year. It makes me mad that GSP would even consider something like that,â€ť Hendricks fumed on Inside MMA this week.
â€śMy main thing right now is to fight GSP, nothing else matters. I fought three of the toughest guys when this other guy hasnâ€™t even fight and here I am getting over-passed for this guy. Its frustrating, you know what I mean? Words cannot explain how pissed I am.
â€śIt seems like he doesnâ€™t want to fight me. If youâ€™re the champ you donâ€™t go calling out anybody. We all earn our spots. I earned my spot to fight against GSP. Who knows, I might be able to beat him I might not, but donâ€™t be afraid to step into the octagon with me. Thatâ€™s what it looks like to me because there is no reason that Diaz should step over me right now.â€ť
Hendricks has threatened to sit out and wait for St-Pierre to become available, or to wait for a title shot against whoever has the belt if St-Pierre should somehow contrive to lose it between now and then. But on Inside MMA he showed the first cracks in that position, grudgingly half-admitting that he might be contractually obligated to take another fight in the meantime.
â€śYou know, thatâ€™s my managers job. If I have to have fight I leave that to my manager. Right now I feel like I have done everything I can to fight GSP which is why I am speaking out for myself to say I want to fight GSP. But if its not GSP, thatâ€™s my managerâ€™s job and Joe Silvaâ€™s job to plan something.
â€śIf I donâ€™t get GSP all I want to know is when, where and who it is. I donâ€™t like being in negotiations or anything like that, because I donâ€™t care. I know I have to win and it doesnâ€™t matter when or where, I gotta win.
â€ś[I want to fight] whoever has the belt. IfÂ Condit had won I would be calling out for Condit. All I want is the belt, nothing else matters but the belt. It doesnâ€™t matter the person or anything, just that shiny thing they put around the waist after they win, thatâ€™s all I want.â€ť
â€śI donâ€™t want to fight somebody coming off a loss. Just like the champ shouldnâ€™t be fighting somebody coming off a loss. The guy he should be fighting is me, coming off a winâ€¦ here I am, knocking people out and here he is asking for somebody else!
â€śRight now time [out] will only make me better. I had three months off and I feel like I got better not being in the Octagon, training for myself. Because sometimes you focus on fight to fight but you never get time to really focus on yourself and so I felt with that three months I was able to do so much, get so much better.
â€śI donâ€™t want to sit out for a year, I shouldnâ€™t have to sit out for a year. I should be fighting GSP in April or May, I donâ€™t really care where. And if I have to sit out for a year its going to make it that much harder for GSP.â€ť
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