Johny Hendricks : "Interim belts are for one reason: for people to be able to still fight for a title," | UFC News
By Jamie McAllister
On HDNet’s “Inside MMA,” Carlos Condit said he would like the idea of defending his UFC Interim Welterweight title against Martin Kampmann if St Pierre was not back before November.
When top Welterweight contender Johny Hendricks found out he felt like Condit was trying to bypass him.
Here’s what Hendricks had to say on the matter.
“He called out Kampmann, and he’s done a couple of interviews where he hasn’t even mentioned my name as a top contender. I’m the No. 1 contender, and if he’s going to be fighting anyone, I think it should be me.”
Hendricks also feels that Condit should not be allowed to sit and wait for the return of St Pierre while there are other challengers in line too.
“We have an interim belt, and interim belts are for one reason: for people to be able to still fight for a title,” Hendricks said. “I feel like I’ve done everything I could to get that No. 1 spot, and somebody else is keeping it from me. I don’t get upset about many things, but I feel like I’ve done what I could to put me where I’m at today.”
“The good Lord has blessed me. The fans have been awesome, and I’ve gone out there and done everything I could to put me in a situation for the belt. Carlos Condit is in my way. He really is. If I can’t fight him, and he won’t fight other people, now who do I fight?”
In his four fight win streak he holds victories over TJ Waldburger, Mike Pierce, Jon Fitch and most recently Josh Koscheck. Hendricks feels he has as much right as anyone to fight for the Interim title.
“I think you have to earn respect, and I think I did,” Hendricks said. “For someone to sit there and bypass me like that, it’s like he’s saying that I’m not even good enough to be in his realm, and I think I am.”
“I think I have what it takes to get in there and to win. I want that chance.”