Hendricks manager: No respectful champion would go out like that


Johny Hendricks' manager Ted Ehrhardt appeared recentluy on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, and discussed the aftermath of the main event Saturday night between champion George St-Pierre and challenger Hendricks.

Post fight GSP said he need a break and would not say for how long, citing unnamed personal issues. However, Erhardt said he is confident Hendricks will get the immediate rematch.

"I haven't heard anything from the UFC, but I am (sure Hendricks' next fight will be a rematch) because Dana makes things happen," said Ehrhardt. "I mean, Anderson after the Weidman loss said he was done, then next thing you know, they've got a rematch scheduled. Dana makes the fights happen that the fans want to see. He's been great about that. GSP, being the champion he's been, surely would not want to go out on a fight that he lost and got a win. No respectful champion would want to go out on those terms. So I'm confident between that and Dana White making it happen, that yeah, we'll have a rematch next fight."

"Who's to say if a year (layoff) becomes two years. o if [St-Pierre] is going to walk away, I think he should give up his belt and let us fight for the belt. Don't matter who it is (against).

"Like Johny said, it'd be wonderful to take the belt from GSP because he has been such a great champion. But the main thing is getting the belt. It's not beating GSP. I mean, we already kind of feel like we just did that."

"I would hope GSP would come back and do the right thing. If he's going through stuff, of course you feel bad for a guy for that. But he's made a lot of money in this sport. Like Dana said, he owes it to the sport, not just Johny and the UFC. The sport of MMA has really made him who he is, just like it has Johny. That's what the fans are going to want. They're going to want a rematch, Johny vs. GSP.

"The fans are what make the UFC. The fans are what make Johny, GSP, any of these guys. And that's the [group] that should get what they deserve. All those people that spent that money on that pay-per-view deserve to be able to see another fight and get to watch it."

"You put your heart and soul into something for six (years)/ It's not just the money, by far. I've got some other large companies. It's the dedication, everything you put into it. What you see Johny put into it; his family, the sacrifices that I make with my family, the ones he makes with his family, our whole heart and soul into something for six and a half years. You feel like you're there, you feel like you've got it, and then you hear, still the champion. It was tough."

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11/20/13 12:33 PM by Lite

If there's a word so overused in the culture today, it's "respect."The issue isn't respect, whatever that word is supposed to mean now. GSP was in a mutually beneficial business relationship with the UFC, the best kind of business relationship, and as soon as his relationship with the UFC no longer offers sufficient rewards--which may be tangible or intangible--he's within his rights to renegotiate it so that it does, or terminate it.

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11/20/13 12:26 PM by HandyDarsh

 after this fight when i thought i had gained respect for hendricks, him and his team dont stop bitching. so sick of hearing form hendricks, pre fight hype included.

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11/20/13 12:19 PM by Voiceinthedesert

Of course, a bunch of drunken fans in the nosebleeds are much better at judging a professional mma bout than 3 trained judges sitting 6 feet from the cage.

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11/20/13 12:12 PM by CaptChaos

I always wondered why fans get mad at the fighters for going out there and fighting their hearts out. It isn't GSP's fault he won. Yeah he took more damage but if you break the fight down round by round you can make a cases for him winning. I gave 3 rounds to Johnny but the 1st round was close and all 3 judges scored the fight the same except for the 1st round. Dana and others need to go back and actually judge the fight before they rush to conclusions. It's not fair to the judges and it plants a negative seed in fans minds. Too many people look at the fight as a whole and make their decision based on what they "think" happened. With that said Johnny could have said (in the post fight press conference) the following: Tonight was my 1st 5 round fight. I felt well prepared to go 5 full rounds but I wasn't sure how my body would actually react so I did pace myself. I feel like I hurt George a lot more than he hurt me. George has been a great champion and he fought like a champion tonight. I have nothing against George. I'm just a little frustrated because this was a huge opportunity for me and my family. Now that I can go 5 strong rounds and hurt George, I will be even more prepared for a rematch if Dana feels it's warranted. I sincerely hope we can do this again. I wish George all the best. I hope he heals up and gets back in the gym and is the best GSP there has ever been if/when we do the rematch. To my fans... I apologize for not getting the win. Tonight was a tough pill to swallow. I will come back with a better skill set and train even harder so when I step back in the cage (hopefully with the champ GSP) I will be fully prepared to finally win the We championship belt.

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11/19/13 3:22 PM by snobordr

El oh el. He doesn't owe you, Johnny, Dana, or the UFC anything.

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11/19/13 3:01 PM by TheMasher81


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11/19/13 12:26 PM by gridlor

Maybe they forgot about the Koschek fight

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11/19/13 12:15 PM by TheRealMrBeefy


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11/19/13 12:11 PM by UGPTT__IeatCOCKSforBreakfastAwYeah

Johny Hendricks responds to whether or not he was hitting GSP with 100% of his power: "No, I really didn't hit him that hard. The reason why, I really wasn't trying to knock him out, I knew it was going to be my first five round fight so I was putting about 70% on him. And it was enough, 70% of my power was enough --- Dana White Interrupts: "It wasn't enough cause you left it in the hands of the judges, it wasn't enough. You better do 100% next time " --- "Well, yes, yes. Thank you Dana White. Ouch. But you know what, here's the thing, I knew that was my first five round fight and everybody's questioning is my cardio gonna be enough, right? So I went out strong and I thought I did everything I could to win. You know 70%, I was rockin' him, I was hurtin' him, I was doin' it and there were some shots that I threw a little bit harder that were hittin' his gloves, he was doing great defense, take nothing away from Georges St-Pierre he did an excellent job, just not tonight."

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11/19/13 11:30 AM by KingOfFighters

False, a managers priority is to look out for his clients best interests. The robbery affected both of them monetarily, and he is justified in demanding GSP defend the belt he stole. It was close? GSP lost cognitive function, looked like shit, and cant even remember the fight he thought he won. GSP had his brain rattled, and this took some years off of his clock, while hendricks was perfectly fine after the fight, not punch drunk at all, and not a scratch on his face.