There’s been a lot of talk about a superfight between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and middleweight titleholder Anderson Silva. UFC president Dana White has said that if St-Pierre defeats Carlos Condit this weekend at UFC 154, they are targeting May for the potential superfight to happen.
While fans and the UFC may be eyeing that mega match-up, there’s one guy out there that doesn’t think the fight should happen, at least not now, and that’s Johny Hendricks.
“It’s a new wave of fighters coming. It’s a new wave. If this were two years ago, like I’ve been saying, if this were two years ago with the same top five guys, go up there and see if you can beat Anderson, but not when there’s a new wave of fighters,” Hendricks told MMAWeekly.com.
“The top ten, I think there’s only maybe four that’s been there the last four years. Now that tides are changing, I want to see, of course I have to get past Kampmann, but I want to see if I can beat him. I don’t want to wait another six months to see him fight Anderson,” continued Hendricks.
The landscape of the welterweight division has certainly changed in St-Pierre’s absence while healing from his knee injury. Carlos Condit has emerged as interim champion. Kampmann and Hendricks have fought their way into contender status. Nick Diaz is right on the cusp of contender as well.
Hendricks questions, what if St-Pierre takes the fight with Silva and loses?
“What if he goes out there and loses? If he goes out there and loses, all of a sudden he’s coming back off a loss and you get to fight a champion that just lost. I want to beat GSP. That’s my goal is to beat GSP before he gets the chance to move up,” he said.
St-Pierre had all but cleared out the 170-pound division before his knee injury, but it’s not the same division anymore. There’s no shortage of fighters waiting for their crack at the title. Hendricks has a point, but the allure of a superfight will likely have the contenders playing the waiting game even longer.
Of course, Carlos Condit has the opportunity to stifle the superfight talk for good when he faces St-Pierre in the main event on Saturday night.
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