Johny Hendricks needs to fight Nick Diaz


Johny Hendricks sitting on the sidelines and having no issue with waiting until Georges St-Pierre decides to defend his title against him bothers me. 

Why? Well, I don’t think that Hendricks has earned the right to sit on the bench for what could amount to a year before he faces GSP. Is he the #1 contender? Sure, I guess so. I mean, he did flatten both Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch in less than a minute. That’s pretty damn impressive. But do I feel like he’s the 2nd best fighter in the division behind the champ? Nope. 

I’m not totally sold on the bearded one just yet. We’ve seen this guy before and his name is Shane Carwin. Remember him? He steamrolled the opposition on his way to a showdown with Brock Lesnar only to get choked out in the second round. However, Hendricks isn’t quite as “hot” as Carwin was. The engineer wouldn’t let any of his foes escape the first round before playing Mr. Sandman and giving them a touch o’ sleep. Hendricks has heavy hands but he has lost before to Rick Story back in 2010. While I wouldn’t have any qualm with Hendricks if GSP was fighting him next, the fact of the matter is that St-Pierre might be tied up with Anderson Silva and the “Bigg Rigg” isn’t really in a position to say “I’m not fighting.”

As a fighter, Hendricks needs to fight. And considering that guys like Rory MacDonald, Carlos Condit and Jake Ellenberger are still lingering about, it’s not like Hendricks doesn’t have anybody to scrap with. In my mind, he’s not that far ahead on the rankings. I’m not totally convinced that Hendricks could beat any of the fighters I just mentioned. But the most intriguing fight for Hendricks right now comes in the form of the soon-to-be returning Nick Diaz.

Oh, what a wonderful fight that would be. Hendricks knocks out people that aren’t used to being knocked out and Diaz doesn’t get knocked out. Hendricks has one punch power and Diaz lands punches in bunches. There are so many interesting things about a Diaz-Hendricks fight that it almost sounds more appealing than a Hendricks-GSP fight. 

The fight would deliver a bonafide #1 contender and would certainly fill the void if St-Pierre is busy with “The Spider.” 

And the whole “I’ll wait” mentality doesn’t really work out. Ask Rashad Evans about that. 

  • If GSP decides to fight Silva then Hendricks should be taking another fight. Should it be Diaz? No. Diaz lost to Condit whilst Hendricks is on a tear through some top 5 WWs (Kampmann arguably top 5, Fitch certainly was) and all Diaz has done in UFC is beat a past prime Penn who was fighting in the wrong division. I know Diaz has Sonnen-esque trash talk but there's really too much WWE style taking over MMA. Do we want to see the most deserving best fighters face each other or those who are good at talking shite jump the queue ahead of those who have earned their shot?

    • this sounds like a exiting fight for sure!

      • Diaz does talk a lot of trash but he for sure is a top 5 WW, just because he lost to the second best WW in the world doesn't make him bad.

  • A few problems with your reasoning here:

    There is almost no chance that GSP will be fighting Anderson…especially in his next fight. In addition, Diaz is still out for a while. This leaves only one clear contender in the WW division, and that is Johny Hendricks. He has earned it and there really shouldn't be any complaint about his title shot.

    If GSP had his way he would be fighting Diaz next, but this also won't be happening anytime soon.

  • Would Diaz even deserve a fight with Hendricks?

    If Johnny doesn't get his fight with GSP, then I'd say the next best thing would be taking a fight with Rory MacDonald. * If Rory gets by Penn, that is.

    • ian

      I've said a couple times, Rory is being a self designated gate keeper if he doesn't want to fight the champ.

      • Maybe not, GSP might be thinking if he fights Diaz, Hendricks, Maia, maybe Elenberger, that it might be time to move on. That would take out most of the who's-who in the division and affirm his legacy. Super-fight or no Super-fight. I really don't see him fighting Rory and if he did, I don't think Rory would beat him. I think he'd suffer the same fate as those that come before. The other name that should be on that list, but I'm leaving off and for the same reasons as MacDonald is Marquardt. I don't think GSP is interested in fighting Nate, either. Shame, I think Nate is back. It would be a great fight.

    • I agree

  • Diaz should be the gatekeeper for all heavy hitters! He's not afraid to take a punch and was only TKO'd one time- over ten years ago. And look what he did to Lawler, Santos, Daley- all heavy hitters and all finished in highlight reel fashion.

    This fight is a no-brainer. It gives Hendricks fans a standup war and it gives Diaz haters the chance of him getting KTFO (albeit, doubtful). Awesome.

  • I say let GSP fight Silva and let Hendricks fight Condit to see what he's REALLY made of !!

    • It's a good fight but I don't want to see it yet, if Condit wins that puts him straight back in line for a title shot. Let the man get a few good wins, 3 at least, to allow time to improve and rebuild momentum.
      Personally the only guys I would think not completely unreasonable for Johnny to fight is Diaz or Ellenberger, perhaps.

      • MacDonald if he beats Penn would be a good fight. The problem with that is, what happens if he wins? I think a fight with Diaz makes the most sense. Nick's coming off of the questionable loss and Johnny off of another flash knockout. There's really no one out there right now, not a fighter far up the ranks, who is coming off of a win or has a streak going. Johnny's next fight should really be for the title, but if that can't happen, it should be Nick or Rory, should Rory win.

        • @Truth totally agree, I've voiced before it's an awkward situation if Rory gets through Penn and then beats Diaz because not much higher he can put himself.
          I guess he could stick around at the top and just get a lot of high level fighting experience…. to be fair he could stay in the top 5 and just keep fighting guys like Koscheck, Ellenberger, Kampmann, Condit rematch, Hendricks, Alves, Maia.

          With his young age he could build up his skills, resume and experience big time waiting for either GSP to move up, lose or even face him himself.

          • Yes, he could do all that, but my guess would be he's two top level fighters / fights away from #1 contender status. If George were to beat Hendricks and Rory beats Penn and takes a fight with Diaz (upon Nick's return), I don't see how GSP / MacDonald could be avoided. There is no one out there who you could really point to. They've all taken losses recently. The only guy I could think of, given a win or two, who we could talk about might / is Demian Maia.

            Other than that, he's cleaned out the division. Under the circumstances above, I don't see how GSP or The UFC could avoid making that fight GSP / MacDonald. I personally think GSP would kill him, but none-the-less.

  • This might not be understood right through text but:
    Nick Diaz needs to fight Johnny Hendricks, Hendricks doesn't need to fight anyone except Georges right now.

    What I mean is Johnny will only keep his #1 contendership place while Diaz will finally earn one with a win.
    I like Diaz but the man needs to earn his way to the shot, through wins and not bitching

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  • Yes.

  • Forget Diaz, Hendricks fully deserves to fight GSP and it should happen in a couple months. Theyre both healthy and should be ready to go for March / April.

    After hearing gsp say he basically needs a year to train and put on weight without fighting for Anderson and that he also doesnt want Anderson fighting in that time I have lost interest in that fight so keep gsp active at WW.

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