Hendricks earns title shot with UFC 158 win
UFC President Dana White today said once-beaten Johny Hendricks (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) would likely earn a shot at the title should he look impressive at the event against Jake Ellenbeger (28-6 MMMA, 7-2 UFC).
“I’d have to say if Johny Hendricks looks good and wins his fight, it will probably be Hendricks (next),” White said.
UFC 158 takes place March 16 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. St-Pierre vs. Diaz headlines with Hendricks and Ellenberger also meeting on the pay-per-view main card. Today’s comments were made at a pre-event press conference promoting the event.
However, St-Pierre also points to Hendricks’ razor-thin split-decision win over Josh Koscheck as a reason he does not deserve top-contender status.
“Johny Hendricks, when I watched the fight with Josh Koscheck, according to me, Josh Koscheck should have won that fight, so I didn’t want to fight a guy that lost to a guy I already beat,” St-Pierre said.