Great news for fans who like to see rightful contenders get title shots, as we hear the news that Georges St-Pierre will put his title on the line against Johny Hendricks at an un named event in November. The news couldn’t come any sooner, as both guys have been out of action since fighting at UFC 158 in March.
At least both guys will have been out of action for the same time, and they are both great athletes so you know they will be in shape for a scrap in November. Ariel Helwani sent out this tweet, following today’s Media Scrum:
Dana: GSP-Hendricks will be in November, probably in Vegas.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 13, 2013
So Hendricks is indeed going to get his well earned title shot, and St-Pierre will face his toughest challenge in years. Hendricks has something that most of GSP’s recent opponents didn’t-He is well rounded. He can knock you out with one punch but also has top level wrestling. I’m not taking anything away from any of GSP’s recent opponents, but Condit’s game was to strike, as was Diaz’s, as was Hardy’s, as was Alves’. Then we have Koscheck, Shields, Hughes, Fitch who all wanted to take Georges down.
The truth of the situation here is that Hendricks may have a striking advantage. Combine that with the fact that hey may be able to stop GSP’s takedowns and we could be looking at the formula of a new champion.
That being said, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if GSP comes out and dominates Hendricks. The big key for St-Pierre is how much he has evolved. Any top level athlete, who has been at the top for a while, will tell you that you need to evolve with the game. If anyone can do it, it’s going to be Georges St-Pierre.
So what’s the consensus pick? A new champ or a new punchbag for the current king at 170lbs.?