“I really didn’t hit him that hard,” UFC welterweight contender John Hendricks said following his UFC 167 loss to Georges St-Pierre. “I wasn’t really trying to knock him out. I was putting about 70 percent on him, and it was enough.”
By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA
It’s a statement UFC President Dana White has uttered on countless occasions: “Don’t leave it in the hands of the judges.”
Generally speaking, this sentiment arises whenever there is a controversial decision in a UFC event; and this weekend’s title welterweight title bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks had just that, with St-Pierre earning a split-decision.
For Hendricks’ part, he took the loss hard, vocalizing his frustration more than he has ever done inside the Octagon, telling Joe Rogan he thought he won in their post-fight interview and even turning on the booing crowd at one point.
In the post-fight press conference, Hendricks was noticeably frustrated.
“I just beat the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, you know what I mean?,” Hendricks asked the crowd of reporters to their applause. “Look at him! Look at him and look at me. My hands are busted up from hitting him in the face. And the belts not here, and it sucks, but I promise you that belt will be mine.”
One thing that surprised many was Hendricks’ admission that he only hit St-Pierre with 70% of his power.
“I really didn’t hit him that hard,” he said. “I wasn’t really trying to knock him out. I knew it was going to be my first five-round fight, so I was putting about 70 percent on him. And it was enough, you know, 70 percent of my power was enough.”
At that point, however, Dana White interrupted, telling Hendricks, “It wasn’t enough, because you left it in the hands of the judges. It wasn’t enough. You better give 100 percent next time.”
Of course, that ‘next time’ fight is in jeopardy right now. Following the fight, St-Pierre was very vocal about taking time off for personal reasons – insisting that he needs to ‘prove a point’ in his life and asking reporters to respect his privacy on the matter. Dana White said he would work on making the rematch happen, and Hendricks seemed to take White’s earlier advice to heart.
“If I get to see him in the ring again,” Hendricks said, “it won’t go the distance. I will finish him. I know I can go five rounds now.”Tags: Dana White, georges st. pierre, gsp, gsp vs hendricks, hendricks vs gsp, hendricks vs. st-pierre, johny hendricks, mma, MMA NEWS, st-pierre vs. hendricks, ufc, UFC 167, ufc news