Johny Hendricks: I’m not looking to take GSP down, I want to lay him out


UFC welterweight title contender Johny Hendricks has walked a long road to finally get his shot at the belt at this November’s UFC 167 from Las Vegas. Knocking out top 170-pounders like Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch along the way, he most recently beat Carlos Condit in a rousing battle at UFC 158 last March.

The win put him in prime position to face off with perennial titleholder Georges St. Pierre, and many are speculating that Hendricks is indeed the man to finally pull the belt from GSP’s iron grip.

However, Hendricks knows what the champ’s strengths are, and he’s definitely not looking to play into them. Even though Hendricks has one of the best collegiate wrestling resumes in MMA, he spoke up at yesterday’s UFC World Tour 2013 event in Las Vegas to clarify his intentions:

“I don’t want to take ‘GSP’ down. I want to lay him out. That’s all I want to do. That’s what the fans want to see, and I know I have the power in both hands to do it. I will bite on my mouthpiece and eat a jab to land a right or a left hand on his jaw line,” Hendricks said. “That’s the difference. Punch me in the face, I’ll punch you twice as hard.”

“Bigg Rigg” is pulling no punches about his ‘gameplan’ at UFC 167, and while he has respect for St. Pierre as an accomplished champion, he also has the utmost belief and confidence in his own skills:

“Give ’em respect because they have the belt, but he’s just a person. I can beat anybody at any given time, and that’s sort of the mentality that you’ve got to have when you’re facing somebody with the belt.”

That sounds like a viewpoint we’ve heard quite recently, that of newly minted UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Hendricks is looking at GSP like he’s just another opponent, very similar to how Weidman viewed the seemingly invincible Anderson Silva.

Will this translate into championship success for Hendricks?

  • I believe this fight might bring out some of GSP's weak point's. It might/might not be a battle but either way I expect GSP to come out on top. Even if GSP loses, he still has many options such as moving down a weight class and challenging for the belt so he dosen't have to fight his "friend" Rory. Johnny is a good fighter but we've seen people like Jake E get taken out by a technical fighter. Like I said he might pull off an amazing upset or it could just be another really boring fight.

    • Your Ellenberger reference is true but I think the comparison is void. Ellenberger at times is not very aggresive and tries to counter strike more… Johnny Hendricks is not one to hesitate and will run first through Condit knees or Koscheck right hands to exchange one of his own.
      That is one of Hendricks best traits, he is almost impossible to keep on the outside… so far he has been anyway – if anyone can do it, it is GSP.

      • I hope the homie Johnie beats the oil & sprockets outa the robotic sounding, shoot, hump, spoon, spoon, hump, bore until ya snore Champ

    • Can GSP really make 155?? I've never heard this suggestion before.

  • Hope GSP places his very exciting jab on Hendricks' mouth, or better yet GSP with a superb head movement that forces Bigg Rigg to punch himself in the mouth, and losse via self knockout, hey I've seen it on boxing, or am I just watching too much Loony Toons?

  • This is probably a good way to go but I think it would be smarter to take a leaf out of GSP's book and mix it up constantly.
    If he fights like he did in the Condit fight, constantly moving forward with attacks and when inside either unload with big punches or get in on the hips and take it down.

    This fight is all about Johnny's ability to get in the distance and once there being effective, in my opinion he can increase the effectiveness of his striking by throwing in a a decent amount of TDs, even if not committing through but just putting them out there.

  • Fake! BOOM! Takedown 8~O

  • I think only one man at WW can actually beat GSP without a lucky scenario or a bad night for the champ and thats Maia.

    • And even though I think Maia can do it I would not say at all that it's a for sure thing. I say 60% chance Maia can take GSP.

      • Maia is one of my favorite fighters, and I would LOVE for you to be right, but you are thinking a bit wishfully…Yes he has the potential tools to beat GSP, but you would put him as the favorite? Try reconsidering that matchup without involving your personal feelings.

        • Thats what I am doing. I would pick Maia as the favourite for that fight. I actually only think GSP will win if he runs and jabs the whole night. I think Maia is a stylistic nightmare for GSP.

          • But you know that's exactly what GSP would do all night long. C'mon it's GSP.

            Anyhow I truly hope you're right because Maia is one of my favorite fighters. I also think it's silly they've matched him up with Jake Shields..sigh.

        • Maia is on a tear and is looking exceptionally strong beating guys with very little problems.

    • tru dat!!!

  • I see GSP using his jab and lateral footwork to keep the range, setup a takedown, and put Johnny on his a-ss. From there he'll look to submit Hendricks. It's the safest Georges Safe Pierre strategy.

    • Plus it's his best chance to finally getting a finish and shut his detractors up.

      • lol @ the safest georges safe pierre

  • I hope GSP jabs him into submission.