Johny Hendricks is no push over, but the smart money is still on the current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to come out on top at UFC 167 in November. Former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit thinks that Hendricks still has a “puncher’s chance” though, as long as GSP’s trademark technical prowess doesn’t shut that down.
“I think Johny Hendricks has a puncher’s chance,” said Condit in an interview with MMAWeekly.com. “He’s obviously a big puncher. He’s got the power to make it a short night for GSP, but I feel like GSP is going to out-technique Johny Hendricks.”
It’s a strange notion though, considering GSP’s background is in striking, and Hendricks is a world class wrestler. Then again, GSP has not finished a fight since 2009, while Hendricks has racked up 5 KO/TKO victories since joining the UFC.
Interestingly though, Condit feels that it will be GSP’s wrestling ability that will decide this match up.
“I think his wrestling, and I’m not an expert on wrestling, but I think his wrestling is going to make the difference and Georges is going to be able to take him down and control the fight,” he said.
It’s hard to disagree with the notion that GSP’s wrestling is one of his most formidable weapons, but we shouldn’t forget that Hendricks is a highly decorated collegiate wrestler. He’s a two-time NCAA Division I champion, and a four time NCAA All-American. At least on paper, it seems that Condit may be underestimating Hendricks’ takedown ability.
Hendricks and GSP will meet at UFC 167 on November 16. Condit meanwhile is currently ranked #2 in the division, and will likely be paired with the winner of the upcoming title fight.