Johny Hendricks hopes to beat Robbie Lawler this Saturday at UFC 171 to take home the vacant welterweight world title but, after that, he's still hoping to get a rematch with the sort-of-retired Georges St. Pierre. “I hope we get him back,” Hendricks recently told MMAjunkie Radio.
“I hope I can get this belt and get a couple fights underneath me, and he comes back. That’s what I’m shooting for.”
Last year, Hendricks battered, bloodied and bruised the long-time welterweight champion St. Pierre but ultimately lost a controversial split-decision. Afterwards, St. Pierre decided to step away from competition and vacate his title.
Hendricks understands why St. Pierre may not be too eager to fight him again. Hendricks also believes that, should he get to face "Rush" again, he'll be even better than before.
“Would you want to look like [St. Pierre looked after their first fight] after another fight?” he went on.
“You can’t take me down, you can’t hurt me on the feet, and here’s the thing – that was my first five-round fight. I’m getting better. I’m getting stronger now that I know how to run my camps. So yeah, I think a little bit has to do with that.”
Hendricks clearly still hasn't gotten over the bitter sting of losing a fight he deserved to win. However, the Texas resident says that he's confident he has and will continue to prove his mettle with or without a GSP rematch.
“He’s just a man,” Hendricks said.
“I’ve proved enough my last fight, and if he doesn’t come back, I proved enough. If I continue to win and do everything that I’m able to, then it doesn’t matter."