Dana White: Johny Hendricks did what Georges St. Pierre couldn'tPosted on January 4, 2012, 11:14 AM by Joey Santosus
"Hendricks did something that GSP couldn't do. There's no way this was an early stoppage. Hendricks comes bursting out of nowhere and takes down the number-two guy. He's got world class wrestling and nasty hands -- he's going to get another big fight." - For more, check out "UFC Tonight" on Fuel TV (transcribed via MMAMania.com)
What do you do when all else fails? Call Johny Hendricks.
After being outclassed by Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre in 2008, perennial contender, Jon Fitch, would remain unbeaten for more than three years, posting a 5-0-1 mark over the course of six octagon appearances. Though it had become difficult to deny that the AKA fighter was the second best 170-pound fighter in the world, a string of lackluster decision wins and a draw against B.J. Penn ensured that demand for a St. Pierre vs. Fitch rematch was all but non-existent. And just when it appeared that the UFC had run out of options - that's when they made "the call."
A four-time All-American wrestling champ with dynamite in his hands, Hendricks needed just 12-seconds to separate Fitch from consciousness - as well as his Welterweight title hopes. Now riding a three-fight winning streak, the victory has not only thrust the former OSU stand-out into the spotlight, but appears to have put him in the good graces of UFC President Dana White. While making an appearance on Fuel TV, White showered Hendricks with praise, noting that he'd finished Fitch in a manner that even the Champion himself had failed to do, and promised that his next fight would be another "big" one. So what's the word LowKick'ers? Is it time to recognize Hendricks as a legitimate threat to the throne? And coming off such an important win, who should be next for the bearded slugger?