Dana White’s recent teaser that GSP and Anderson Silva would be fighting in the near future came as music to the ears of all MMA fans. For a while we have all speculated and debated the possibility of the number one and two (arguably) P4P fighters on the planet colliding.
While fans and pundits may rejoice in the possibility, at least one person is not amused. Johny Hendricks is that guy. Hendricks has tore up the 170lb. division to the point that he probably should have had a title shot at least a year ago when he pinged Jon Fitch. ‘These things happen in MMA’ springs to mind. Check out what Hendricks had to say about the situation via MMAJunkie:
“If he wants to go to 185 then by all means, go to 185 and fight Anderson Silva. Yes, it would be a great thing for our sport. But I want the belt. I’d like to fight GSP for it, but if that doesn’t happen, I’m not going to hang my head and say, ‘Oh man, I’m going to be fighting that guy for the belt. I don’t mind that he goes for Anderson Silva,” he said. “I understand why he would. I don’t know if he has a good chance to win, but if that’s what makes him say, ‘Hey, I really want to do that,’ go for it. I just don’t want to be sitting here fighting for No. 1 contender spots while he’s doing that.”
‘Big Rig’ is 15-1 (10-1 UFC) so any argument against his earning of the title shot, regardless of the decision against Condit, is totally void. The level of fighters that Hendricks has faced, beaten and finished is consistently higher than most other fighters can boast. Hendricks continued:
“I don’t want to wait three months,” Hendricks said. “What if Anderson Silva doesn’t win? Chris Weidman is a very tough dude, a very good wrestler, and he’s very tough on top. He beats him, well now we’ve been pushed to three months when we could have been fighting maybe a month after him….There’s a part of me that thinks it might be me and Condit again,”
In summary Hendricks had a message for the Welterweight Champion:
“‘When are we going to fight?'” he said. “Or, ‘When are you going to go up, so I can fight for that belt?'”