“I’ve been telling everybody I really want the winner of [Diaz/Condit]. You don’t get this opportunity too often. Now that I’ve done it in the ring, I’ve got to do it outside the ring. If I don’t promote myself outside the ring — I mean, there are great fights going on and now they’re happening almost every week. You can be forgotten. So if I don’t say in the news that I want that interim title shot — there’s a fight this weekend in the 170 class, and [if Koscheck or Pierce] does good, I might get bumped. So I always got to be out there making my case. I want my goal. My goal is to be UFC champ some day, and I know I’m right there. I just need that shot. Here’s the thing. Unless the UFC says, ‘Johny, you have to fight — we want you to get a shot at the title, but we have some questions, and you need another one first,’ then of course I’m not going to bite the hand that feeds me. I’m going to do what they say. But if it’s up to me, I’d much rather go for the UFC interim belt. I’ve seen so many people who are right there, right there to get that shot and something happens … it never fails, something happens, and they don’t win. And then it takes them three or four fights to get back, which is a year to a year-and-a-half back, and that’s if everything lines up perfectly.”
Coming off of his big win over John Fitch at UFC 143, UFC welterweight fighter Johny Hendricks told ESPN.com that he wants a shot at the interim title once the victor is crowned in this weekend’s main event.
With only one professional loss to his credit, the fast rising Hendricks just took out the long-time number two ranked Fitch and now believes that he is entitled to his chance at UFC gold.
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