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Exclusive Johny Hendricks, "Kampmann's not the number one contender" | UFC NEWS

Johny Hendricks is one of the nicest guys in the UFC. He never shrugs off a fan or turns down an interview just because he doesn’t feel like it. He’s also a guy who performs at the highest levels in the Octagon and would literally fight anyone. He has solid wrestling and very good striking, but despite knocking out Jon Fitch, a feat no one else was able to manage, he feels like his power doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

“It always seems like when I knock somebody out it’s either called too quick or a lucky punch or whatever. I don’t think people respect my power. That’s the beauty of the internet. Everyone can be a weekend warrior or an internet warrior. It’s easy to sit behind a keyboard and criticize. It’s the right of the fans I guess. I just don’t understand it sometimes. If one person hates on you they put one thread, and the next guy puts one. It gets started that way. I used to kind of pay attention to it, but not anymore”.

Johny recently defeated Josh Koscheck at UFC on Fox 3 by split decision in a very competitive bout. Hendricks was certain that it would put him next in line for a title shot, but this was not the case. It was announced shortly after Martin Kampann beat Jake Ellenberger that Johny would be squaring off against him instead. His initial reaction was simple.

“I guess I got one more”.

Hendricks did make it clear his goals have not changed even if his desired opponent has.

“Like I said before I want a shot at the belt. I feel like I’ve done enough to get that title shot. Certain circumstances have held me up from getting that. I was okay with sitting on the sidelines. Everyone was okay with saying that I could sit on the sidelines waiting for Carlos Condit or GSP. What made me mad is that Carlos Condit called out Martin Kampmann instead . I was like whoa, whoa, whoa. First off he has the belt and we get to call him out. Kampmann’s not the number one contender. I just cleared out the division for a lot of other people to move forward”.

Johny’s philosophy is a straightforward and respectable notion that he will fight whoever the UFC puts in front of him. He plans on bring that with him, should he win the UFC Welterweight Championship, because he doesn’t believe that is happening now.

“Condit calling out Kampmann – that would be like me telling Carlos Condit that I wanted to fight another guy. You don’t get to pick and choose. You’re at the top of the mountain. Everyone has to work their way to you, and I understand that Condit did get beat by Kampann like 3 or 4 years ago. Bottom line – a long time ago. Now Kampmann has to get through me. There are a lot of things going through my mind. It’s just that I have to go through one more guy”.

In spite of the fact that Hendricks disagrees with the booking he understands the UFC’s reasoning.

“If Kampmann didn’t finish Ellenberger I probably would have been allowed to wait. If Kampmann just wins by decision then I don’t think he is in the same sentence as me. My last three fights or my last two at least are special. There’s only one other guy who has done that. I beat Fitch and Koscheck back to back. I beat them both. It doesn’t matter how it happens or how you beat them. It’s that I got the win. I cleared out the division for everyone else”.

Hendricks is expected to face Kampmann later this year.

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40 Responses to “Exclusive Johny Hendricks, "Kampmann's not the number one contender" | UFC NEWS”

  1. B-rad says:

    i was glad when he planted fitch in 12 seconds, but since then all he does is whine about shit.. hes going to be stopped by kampmann, i guess he knows it since all hes been doing is crying about wanting the easier fight in condit

  2. Matt says:

    Shut this whiny

  3. Matt says:

    Shut this whiny bitch up

  4. Xaninho says:

    ok first of all Special thanks to Hendricks for knocking out Fitch.

    About the contender spot : no, Kampmann is way more deserving of that shot. He would have a longer win streak if the judges wouldn’t have screwed him over. He clearly won the fights against ‘sweet dreams’ Sanchez and Jake Shields.

    Beat a few more top guys before trying to cut in line.

    P.S.: I’m really happy he KO’d Fitch.

    • WrestlingRules says:

      Lucky shot…it happens Fitch would of killed him…

      But yah Kampmann is MUCH more deserving than Hendricks, He’s fought everybody and came back to win 2 fights from 2 badass’ that were beating him. Sanchez, WTF worst decision ever. I thought he beat Shields too, but I could see where it could have gone either way. I think he will beat Hendricks, but I will be rooting for Hendricks to kick his ass. But if Kampmann wins, then its on, I am bigtime in Kampmann’s camp for his fight with GSP. As much as I like GSP and his dominace over the years, I think Kampmann beats him. I just think Kampmann is tougher and better. I think Kampmann will need to survive like he did with Alves and Ellenberger to come back for the win. The ONLY place GSP can beat him is on the ground, so Kampmann needs to get up and box him. GSP can’t outbox Kampmann. It will be good, but I got Kampmann.

      You really need to see your shrink about your obsession you have with Fitch. It’s getting weird and I am concerned about you.

      • Xaninho says:

        What is up with the new text editor? I can't post replies!
        It's far from an obsession, the less I see from him the better. It would be an obsession if I would tell everybody how he is the greatest WW ever though….

        • WrestlingRules says:

          That’s just facts. He has been #2 forever and has beaten up everybody but GSP. Therefore, he is one of the greatest ww there has ever been…..pure power and dominance. Seeing it any other way is due to pure obsessive hatred.

        • Xaninho says:

          He needs to actually start fighting to gain my respect. I know he doesn’t sleep any less if I don’t respect his skills cause who am I right? But I am one of many, many MMA fans who think alike.

          And you keep insisting he’s beating up people? Only people he puts to sleep are at home watching his boring fights.

  5. Mike b says:

    I respect Hendricks as a fighter.and Im not like a lot of fans who disrespect fighters.but im sorry dude I gotta say it,imma be a hypocrite right now.BRO!!!stop fuckin complaining please enough is enough!!!!i never heard a guy complain so much that fights in the UFC.he thought he deserved a title shot after fitch,and he kept on and on!and on!!!now kampman don’t derserve to be in title contention.bro just fight whoever they put in front of u and shut the fuck up!please!!!!!…fans don’t like whiny fighters.just fight and stop complaining about shit.i can’t believe I wrote a short book about this cry baby.sorry fans too fuckin bad.

  6. Mike b says:

    Not to get all excited and shit.but I posted my comment first then I read other peoples.and I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks this.please johnny shut……the……fuck…..up!

  7. pc says:

    Kampmann only wins when the other fighter gets tired from smashing his face up.

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      Come on Alves was desstroying Kampmann before he got careless when he thought he had the fight in bag. Kampmann has taken too much punishment for any longevity in the sport of MMA. His brain is mush

      Hendricks will always be a hero for his KO over the most boring fighter to ever fight in all MMA. What’s even more funny is half of don’t have a clue how much better wrestler Hendricks is than Fitch. Fitch wouldn’t have won a div 3 title let alone 2 D1 titles like Hendricks and a runner up after going undefeated the entire season and losing to guy he beat 4 times previous by one point in overtime in finals. Fithc is not a great wrestler. H e is good at lay n pray and using a 30 lbs weight advantge agianst the lieks of Bj. Fitch has Never fought Kampmann, Koscheck, Condit, Rory, and countless other top WW so he should have never been ranked number 2. Fitch is overrrated almost as much as Spitsping

  8. jbeamazing says:

    Kampmann’s should be # 1 contender but Hendricks is a bad match up for gsp and can give him more problems because gsp cant lay on him Kampmann can tap anybody but grappling with gsp would overwhelm him

  9. Sean McCorkle says:

    I like Hendricks, but hes become to obsessed with his past. I think he is going to lose against Kampmann

  10. Faaris Sheikh says:

    I had alot of respect for Hendricks after knocking out Fitch, But to say this (In his own words) ‘ I was okay with sitting on the sidelines’
    Condit was getting a lot of hate for sitting out on the sidelines for nearly 8 – 12 months and Hendricks thinks he can wait longer then that in an already stacked division and not fight the best guys in the world…That’s not the correct attitude for a fighter Very Disappointing

  11. Mc says:

    This guy KO’d Fitch, which was awesome but he also lost to Rick Story and has barely won some split decisions. He shouldn’t be whining about who’s #1 contender, he should just fight. I like him but don’t like all the whining.

  12. chris says:

    You guys are rediculous , hendricks a whiny bitch? Lol guy is a true man and they promised him a title shot..I don’t necessarily believe he deserved it but don’t fucking tell him that and then make him fight kampmann cuz condit is too scared to fight either. Hendricks is such a good dude and you guys are pathetic for talking about him in that way

    • GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

      Yep I agree Hendricks is the man and coolest-nicest dude in MMA.

      • Kraig says:

        This is the first two positive posts I’ve seen about Hendricks yet… and I agree. He was promised a title shot, and I wouldn’t be thrilled if I won my last fight, expected a title shot and was told, oh wait, 1 more… I don’t think he’s whining, he said he understands and will fight whoever the UFC puts infront of him. You guys are all whack

  13. Leech says:

    This guy should pipe down ! Kampmann has been in the UFC for way longer fighting the best guys in the world and goes on a 3 fight tear! Finishing top and he beat the current champ .Hendricks got one good stoppage and some split decisions boo hoo get in line show some respect

  14. Leech says:

    This guy should pipe down ! Kampmann has been in the UFC for way longer fighting the best guys in the world and goes on a 3 fight tear! Finishing top guys and he beat the current champ .Hendricks got one good stoppage and some split decisions boo hoo get in line show some respect

  15. Leo From New Jersey says:

    Fitch beat gono,thiago,saunder,alves,pierce, draw bj -_- so how was he ranked number 2??? he didnt beat kos,kampmann,condit,hendricks, swick(when he was top 10), silva, rory? hmm so his only win that mattered was alves? again how was he #2

  16. GET RID OF FITCH (forever) says:

    Right on the money Leo!

  17. scotty says:

    All this guy has done is whine his ass off after the Koscheck fight about a title shot.. He has a good record of 13-1 and on a 4 fight win streak beating 2 top guys in the division.. But what it UFC going to do have a line for title shots? haha Condit and GSP will fight! Hendricks u will have to fight one more time which is against Kampman to claim your spot and get the winner of GSP vs. Condit! Thats just how it goes, so he has to stop whining…

  18. MMAnalyst says:

    Hendricks isn’t the number 1 contender… Condit is. Followed by Diaz, and then Hendricks.

  19. maurice says:

    i think currently only kampmann or condit can beat gsp. simply because they are better at striking and bjj. not to mention they have cardio to fight wherever gsp brings the fight. gsp will have an extremely hard time doing anything in there guard, especially condits. gsp is out of his mind if he thinks a jab and inside leg kicks will stop strikers like condit and kampmann. if gsp beats either guy, it will be by the most boring lay n pray session of all time. gsp has a better shot at kampmann, only cus kampmann gets caught a lot in fights and is a bleeder.

  20. Calvin says:

    i swear everyone who is saying hendricks is complaining didnt read the article and just read the title the closest thing he has to complain is that condit called out kampmann which makes sense champs shouldnt handpick fights especially when you are condit who pissed alot of people with his last performance (not me i thought it was great f diaz) and have been sitting out forever now

  21. TheRealChampGSP says:

    just to clear things up GSP is the current champ, Carlos Condit is holding the #1 contenders belt because to be the champ you gotta beat the champ, Carlos Condit is waiting for GSP because he knows he can’t defend it against a man who already beat him Kampmann) or a guy clearing out the division (Hendricks). And for the record when has GSP ever lay&pray?

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