Georges St. Pierre: I’m Ready To Get Hit By Johny Hendricks


UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has plowed through eleven straight opponents, each one of them being one of the top 170-pound fighters in mixed martial arts. He’s on the verge of breaking several UFC records, including most wins and most overall time fighting in the Octagon.

Yet many stand firm in their belief that his next opponent Johny Hendricks is the man to put an end’s to St. Pierre’s impressive streak. Indeed no past foe of GSP had the knockout power and wrestling pedigree that Hendricks brings to the table. His crushing left hook knockouts are some of the quickest ever seen, but GSP simply isn’t scared of that happening:

“I believe I’m going to get hit in this fight and I’m ready for it. I’m not scared of it. I believe it is most likely that chances are that, yes, I’m going to get hit. If you get hit and you’re scared that’s when you take all the impact and you have to be ready for it. Johny is a very well rounded fighter and he’s got a lot more than this. He’s got a great right hook as well and an uppercut, knees, great double leg. He’s very well rounded. I prepared very well for what I believe is coming for the fight and of course people talk about his left hand, but I don’t only focus on that.” – via MMA Weekly

St. Pierre is ready for all of the skills that Hendricks brings to the cage, and that’s no surprise. St. Pierre is known as the most cerebral fighter in the UFC. His gameplans are legendary. St. Pierre has routinely neutralized the main strengths of the highest level of Welterweight talent in the world.

But he has more pressure than just beating Hendricks this Saturday night.

GSP was knocked out once before against Matt Serra in 2007. That seemingly marked the beginning of a new era for GSP, one where he fought much more cautiously. He began looking for the takedown rather than the flashy knockouts he had become known for.

Critics are mounting with every decision St. Pierre takes home. He’s been thoroughly dominant but that isn’t enough for his detractors. Rumors about GSP retiring have begun to swirl as well. He may not be scared of Hendricks’ vaunted left hand, but that may not matter. Will St. Pierre prove that he is still the undisputed king of the stacked UFC Welterweight division?

  • I liked the elusive Georges strategy better.

    • Georges never said he was going to stand & bang with him, he's getting into Hendricks head. I think the fact GSP posed south paw at the weigh-ins got Johnny thinking, b/c it certainly got me thinking. Imgine if GSP fights south paw, that means Hendricks has to do everything in reverse, which is an absolute nightmare for any fighter! I can't wait for this card to start tomorrow night!

      • Great point! GSP certainly seems excited and confident and fighting southpaw could be a great strategy!

  • “I believe I’m going to get hit in this fight and I’m ready for it. I’m not scared of it. I believe it is most likely that chances are that, yes, I’m going to get hit."

    Well, it looks Georges Safe-Pierre Is ready to take a nap. If I were him, I'd continue to be as safe as possible.

  • I just read that entire quote in a scared, cracking, high pitched GSP voice in my head.

  • GSP is a class act, an incredible tactician who has fought and beat more top fighters than any other UFC champ. He's the greatest welterweight that ever stepped in the octagon.

    Another dominant performance could put him at the top of the p4p list and a few more after that, and he passes the Spider's record and becomes the GOAT.

    Hendricks certainly has a punchers chance of winning, but most likely, GSP will make him look ordinary, like he has done to so many other great fighters.

    And the haters? You'll probably all get the chance to keep on hating, which is secretly the thing you like best.

    • lol, "In before deletion"