Dana White: Hendricks vs. GSP 'pretty interesting'

source: fiveouncesofpain.com

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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newjack900 site profile image  

5/7/12 5:44 PM by newjack900

I'm the same way. As much as I dislike some of the things Kos says, I think more people like him would be great for the sport. Wants to fight at all times and won't turn down anybody. At the post presser he was talking about getting another fight ASAP. Anyways, I can't put my finger on why I dislike Johnny either, but I can't deny it. No interest in watching his fights. Strange.

saemskin site profile image  

5/7/12 3:27 PM by saemskin

i spose it would be interesting if hendriks beat kos, but he didn't so the matchup sucks.

saemskin site profile image  

5/7/12 3:27 PM by saemskin

i spose it would be interesting if hendriks beat kos, but he didn't so the matchup sucks.

SubConscience site profile image  

5/7/12 7:52 AM by SubConscience

Actually... Not interesting considering other options. I hate Kos and he won that fight too

LiftStrong site profile image  

5/7/12 7:40 AM by LiftStrong

He wont get a title shot nor should he. Look at the line that is developing. GSP vs Condit is on for sure. GSP wants Diaz bad,then the winner of Ellenberger vs Kampmann. That takes us out a year from now, plus think about Maia coming down (will he get into contention?). Sounds to me like this is just testing the waters and seeing how people would react to a GSP Hendricks fight. Lets face it, GSP is SIGNIFICANTLY better at EVERYTHING. Wrestling/grappling, striking, athleticism, conditioning. If Hendricks can beat Diaz or the winner of Ell/Kamp then he will have earned it.

Reed Rothchild site profile image  

5/7/12 7:21 AM by Reed Rothchild

Hendricks has a very good wrestling pedigree... But it doesn't translate well for mma wrestling. But he does have good right hand iron chin... Let's do Hendricks vs Ellenberger

arctictwist site profile image  

5/7/12 6:58 AM by arctictwist

anyone else just inexplicably dislike hendricks? I cant figure out why but i just dont like him. I actually rooted for Kos...

swany site profile image  

5/7/12 3:09 AM by swany

Hendricks is good but I think gsp is too far ahead of the rest of the division ...but we will have to wait and see how he come back from injury

Orionsbelt2010 site profile image  

5/7/12 2:15 AM by Orionsbelt2010

Lol Hendricks will get wrestlefucked by GSP like everyone in the WW divison does

newjack900 site profile image  

5/6/12 11:45 PM by newjack900

What I don't get is why Dana White painted the ufc into a corner by saying Hendricks would receive a title shot w a win - that could honestly be almost a year away.. think about it - gsp v condit happens in November at best - if gsp wins he's notorious for taking his time between fights. There's no reason Hendricks shouldn't have to fight the winner of ellenberger & kampann - 2 guys who have resumes just as good if not better than Hendricks. The same can be said in the LW division w Diaz being able to jump pettis - it takes great fights away from the fans