Top-ranked UFC welterweight contender, Johny Hendricks, has earned himself a shot at the title almost single-handedly – that is, through the incredible success the southpaw has had with his left hand. Going into UFC 167 where he will challenge longtime champion, Georges St-Pierre, Hendricks says he will be looking to knock the champ out… with his right.
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
Johny Hendricks has had an incredible run in the UFC, going 10-1 in the organization with half of those wins coming by way of knockout. The effort, including a recent 6-0 tear against a number of top-ranked welterweights, has earned him a shot at long-time UFC champion, Georges St-Pierre.
A two-time NCAA Division-1 national champion wrestler from Oklahoma State University, Hendricks poses a number of threats to GSP that the champion hasn’t faced. Most obviously, Hendricks impressive wrestling pedigree stands to argue that St-Pierre may not have as much success with his signature blast double-leg takedown as he is used to. Then, of course, fans have questioned St-Pierre’s chin ever since he lost to Matt Serra at UFC 69. With Hendricks’ impressive, first-round knockout victories over Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann recently, the power that lies in ‘Bigg Rigg’s’ left hand may be too much for GSP.
But if you ask Hendricks, the champ has more than one hand to look out for.
“I can lay you out with both hands,” Hendricks recently told FightHubTV.com. “Everybody thinks that my left hand is the hand that’s going to do it, but my goal is to put him away and knock him out with my right. I am hurting people with my right hand in the gym, so that’s what it’s about, letting the world know I can do it with both [hands].”
And if GSP tries to avoid Hendricks’ hand(s) by using his wrestling, the challenger said he’s counting on it.
“That’s what I want to do. I want to run into those takedowns. Just wait, I got stuff for that takedown. I’m a wrestler too, that’s what people forget. I know how to defeat a wrestler. I know how to stay away from takedowns.”
UFC 167 will take place Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be headlined by Johny Hendricks challenging Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title.Tags: georges st. pierre, gsp, johny hendricks, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, UFC 167, ufc 167 st-pierre hendricks, ufc news