The majority of onlookers thought that Johny Hedricks beat Georges St-Pierre Saturday night, including a furious UFC president Dana White. However, Judges Sal D’Amato and Tony Weeks saw it for GSP, and, in the absence of a tapout or knockout that is what determines who is the champion.
“I did beat Georges St-Pierre," said Johny Hendricks to Ariel Helwani. "I did deserve that belt. I won that belt. But two people didn’t see it that way and guess what, I’m going to go back home. I swear to god, I’m going to get stronger, better and faster and that just won’t happen again. I knew I had to beat him, and I did. He’s all banged up. There’s nothing I could have done better.”
Hendricks was asked what he thought about GSP indicating he might be retired.
“I don’t care," said Hendricks. "I want that belt. That’s my belt. He knows it. I’d retire too. I wouldn’t want to give it away.”
Hendricks made similar remarks at the post fight press conference.
“My hands are busted up from hitting him in the face,” said Hendricksas transcribed by MMAJunkie. “Look at his face and look at mine.”
“I really didn’t hit him that hard. I wasn’t really trying to knock him out. I was putting about 70 percent on him, and it was enough.”
“Dude, I don’t care about Georges. beat him anyway. I just want the belt. That’s the only thing that’s motivating me. I need to get it. That’s my drive. I thought I got it tonight, but I guess I didn’t. There’s a lot of things I can pull from this fight, and I’m only going to get better. It was my first five-round fight, and I took it to the champ.”
“If I get to see him in the ring again, it won’t go the distance. I will finish him. I know I can go five rounds now.”
Hendricks also offered physical evidence for his point of view.
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Man hands are a little sore after last nights fights. But u should see the other guy lol
This of course is the other guy reference by Hendricks.
What do you think UG? If you were a judge, who would you have given the belt to? And why?