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Tuesday, 12/17/2013, 07:13 am

Johny Hendricks: The Belt, Not GSP, Is What Is Important To Me


Even though many people thought Johny Hendricks deserved a victory in his fight against Georges St. Pierre, Hendricks says beating St. Pierre isn’t what is important; getting the belt is all that matters.

Although they may fight in the future, Hendricks said on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour “I don’t care about that. Here’s the thing, if I fight GSP again I fight him again. If I don’t, I don’t. My world doesn’t revolve around him. It revolves around that belt.”

“That’s what I’ve been saying this whole time,” Hendricks added. “I’m not fighting GSP, I want what he carried around to all those press conferences, that’s what I was fighting for, and that’s still what I’m fighting for.”

Hendricks is also not surprised St. Pierre decided to step away from the sport, saying “he knew he’d have to fight me again.”

He went on to say “You know, I don’t know if he realized what he was saying after the press conference. I think he was still out of it. And that’s the thing; I didn’t really hit him that great. And he realized that.”

“Now he can go out, he won the fight — to the judges, the judges scored it that he won — why not go out on top? Who’s to say that one day I can’t defend the belt and get him back out? You just don’t know what the future’s going to hold, is what I’m trying to say. And my goal is to get that belt and to hold onto it as long as I can,” Hendricks said.

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