Johny Hendricks to Georges St. Pierre: If you can’t handle being champ, give it up

Elias Cepeda

UFC welterweight contender Johny Hendricks feels he deserved to get the decision nod against champion Georges St. Pierre, wants a rematch and isn't afraid to goad and shame "Rush" into giving it to him. During a recent appearance on the Inside MMA television program, Hendricks attempted to give some unsolicited perspective on what the champion has described as oppressive stress in his personal life.

After the UFC 167 main event, St. Pierre announced that he would be stepping away from MMA competition. At the post event press conference the long time 170 pound king said that because of stress, he was often unable to sleep and that he had anxiety.

Hendricks, a married father of two, scoffed at the notion that the single St. Pierre had anything to lose sleep over, or at least that he should deal with it or give up his title belt and retire.

"Dude I've got three kids. You know what I'm saying?," Hendricks said.

"Talk about sleep? Are you kidding me? Everybody's got problems in life. That's the way it is. If you can't handle being champion, give it up. We chose to get into that octagon, we chose not to sleep. I don't know how many times I've went to bed at five, six o'clock in the morning and woke up at 10, running four miles because I wanted to beat GSP that bad. Dude, who cares. I chose this life. Tell yourself whatever you need to. Just get back in that octagon with me. I can't wait for the rematch."

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