Johny Hendricks is the #1 contender at Welterweight.
Wins streaks are the determining factor in MMA, and Hendricks is on a five-fight streak, facing a murderer's row in his last three:
•Beat then #2 ranked welterweight Jon Fitch in 12 second by KO; then,
•Beat #5 ranked Josh Koscheck by Split Decision; then,
•Beat then #3 ranked Martin Kampmann in 46 seconds by KO.
After the last fight, he announced in the ring that he wanted a shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, and was willing to wait.
When GSP instead took a fight with Nick Diaz, it didn't sit well with Hendricks. Then during UFC 158 media call GSP said that he thought Diaz was more deserving than Hendricks, because he thought Hendricks lost to Koscheck, who GSP had in turn defeated.
Hendricks reply was blunt.
"Really?! You're an idiot," said Hendricks on MMAmania's Verbal Submission podcast. "He said that Condit really did beat Nick Diaz, know what I'm saying? He said, 'I'm fighting the true number one contender Carlos Condit,' and now, he's going backtracking and saying, 'Well, I think [Hendricks] lost.' Who cares? You don't get to decide. He's not a judge. He's not a judge. He's a fighter. He's paid to fight and he's paid to fight me.
"The fact that he was able to ask and get this request [to fight Diaz], the only thing this is, is it gives me more drive. It's not like I didn't have enough but what's gonna happen is, whenever I look across the cage, he's not going to see fear. He's not gonna see anything. All I want to do is I want to fight him. I want to look across and see GSP and that might be something he's not used to. I don't know. I don't know why he didn't take the fight but I guess I wouldn't want to fight me as well."
Hendricks fights Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158 on March 16, 2013. Headlinging the card will be George St-Pierre v. Nick Diaz.
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