Saturday night UFC President Dana White proclaimed Johny Hendricks a legitimate contender in the welterweight division.
"Josh Koscheck is a fighter, man," said White during the show’s post-fight press conference. "This kid comes and tries to finish you. He'll fight anybody, anywhere, anytime. Hendricks looked great tonight against a fighter who I have a lot of respect for.
"If you look at Koscheck's wrestling, too, Koscheck had a hard time not getting taken down by Hendricks and taking Hendricks down. Josh Koscheck, because he gets booed, might not get the respect he deserves. He's a great fighter and has been for a long time, and Johny Hendricks won tonight. Whether you agree with the decision or not – because some people think Koscheck won or it should have been a draw – it was that close. So I think a fight between Hendricks and GSP is pretty interesting."
Hendricks expressed enthusiasm for and confidence in a fight against the winner of the upcoming Welterweight title unification bout between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit.
"I believe that I can do [what I did to Koscheck] to GSP," said Hendricks, who went to say he will wait for the fight.
"If somebody says, 'In January, I'll give you a million dollars. Or, you could fight in four months, and make $35,000,'" Hendricks said. "Which one would you take?"
"It's got to be a mutual agreement," Henricks quickly added. "I don't bite the hand that feeds me, and Dana is definitely that, and I don't want to make him mad at any point."
"After I heal, we're going to sit down and discuss these things. But for right now, I really want a shot at that belt. At least an attempt to bring it home."
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