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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