Former Oklahoma State University wrestling standout Johny Hendricks has one simple request for his next UFC fight – a chance to win the championship belt.
Hendricks earned the biggest win of his career this past Friday night when he knocked out former #1 contender Jon Fitch with a thunderous shot just seconds into their fight at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem.
Now, thanks to the career-defining win, Hendricks feels like he is ready for the spotlight of the UFC’s welterweight division.
“I want a title shot,” said Hendricks, in an interview with MMAJunkie following UFC 141. “If they don’t give it to me, I’m not going to complain or anything. But I sort of see myself right there. I did what (Georges St. Pierre) couldn’t do.”
Hendricks was referencing a decision victory by GSP over Fitch back in 2008. Currently, St. Pierre is sidelined with a knee injury, forcing the UFC to pair Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz in an interim UFC championship match. The winner of that is expected to face St. Pierre to crown an undisputed champ.
“I did what nobody else was able to do in the Octagon,” Hendricks said. “What did I tell you? What did I tell the media? I said to at least give me a puncher’s chance. Just give me that. And it happened.”
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MMATraining Take: Hendricks took a huge step in the right direction with the win, but he is still a few pegs away from competing for the title. Most of UFC’s top welterweights are also booked in matches, so he may be forced to wait for a bout with someone such as Josh Koscheck, Jake Ellenberger, or the loser of Condit-Diaz.