Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks appeared on UFC Tonight this week and addressed the topic of who he may fight next. Top contenders Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown are set to face one another with a title shot on the line.
Right below them, Tyron Woodley and Rory MacDonald will also square up against one another. Hendricks, who is still recovering from a torn biceps injury, says that he simply doesn't care who he fights next.
"You know, realistically, I don't care," he said.
"I'm going to have to fight one of them. I'm going to have to fight Lawler again or Brown, or Rory MacDonald or Tyron Woodley. Again, doesn't matter. Doesn't matter."
Hendricks went on to say that Lawler vs. Brown is too close to call and that he could also see MacDonald vs. Woodley going either way. "Tyron Woodley could easily wrestle him or out-strike him," he began.
"Or, Rory MacDonald could keep him at bay with that jab like he did to a couple of other guys."
When asked by UFC Tonight co-host Chael Sonnen if he still thinks about Georges St. Pierre, Hendricks was to the point. "I don't," he said.
Hendricks lost a controversial decision to St. Pierre before then winning the vacant title after St. Pierre vacated his belt and took a leave of absence from competition.
Now, St. Pierre is once more recovering from a torn ACL, and will be out for some time, even if he intends to return to fighting at some point in the future. Whatever GSP ends up doing, Hendricks says he isn't too concerned.
"I'd love to have the rematch - don't get me wrong," he concluded.
"But, if [St. Pierre] never came back, it wouldn't bother me none. I'm trying to make my own legacy and if he's part of it, that would be great. If not, I don't care."
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