Johny Hendricks has certainly made waves in the welterweight division. He has now won three straight in one of the toughest division in the UFC. Beating Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck, and now Martin Kampmann certainly warrants a title shot, and Hendricks believes the same thing.
However, Hendricks believes current champ George St. Pierre is stalling, and he may take a Nick Diaz fight because it may be the safer fight for his career. In a recent interview with MMAJunkie Radio.com, Hendricks shared his thoughts about GSP:
“He’s trying to keep money from my kids. If I win that belt and take it from him, my life changes. He’s trying to not give me the fair shot. That’s crazy to me to think this guy is trying to control my future. That makes me want to win that much even more. Here is a guy is trying to pull out a curveball saying, ‘We really don’t think we can win with this guy, but we think we can beat Nick Diaz.’ That’s what it sounds like to me”.
If Hendricks is able to secure a fight with GSP, he will surely have the motivation. Not only is he fighting for his kids, but he is also fighting to prove he has the power and wrestling to beat GSP for the title. To deny a guy like Hendricks, who has been on such a tear as of late, would be criminal. When it comes down to it, Hendricks has done enough.
Sure, Diaz is the bigger pay per view draw, but Diaz has to at least fight once before challenging for a title since he is coming off a decision loss to Carlos Condit. GSP has made it clear that he has not intentions of fighting Anderson Silva just yet, so the timetable to fight Hendricks works perfectly for both fighters.