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Johny Hendricks Claims He Didn’t Go 100% Against GSP

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The main event of UFC 167 will be talked about for a very long time. After the horn of the fifth round was sounded, many believed Johny Hendricks was the new UFC Welterweight Champion. However, the former OSU All American wrestler fell to his knees in disappointment when the split decision victory was awarded to his opponent, Georges St-Pierre.

Hendricks believed he had done enough to secure a victory. This recent loss to GSP left him shocked and in dismay, and he expressed his disbelief in how he lost the fight in the post-fight press conference.

“Look at his face and look at mine,” Hendricks said.

A surprising fact that he revealed at the press conference that has had many fans abuzz is that he claims to have not gone %100 in the fight.

“I really didn’t hit him that hard,” Hendricks claimed. Whether that is actually true or not, nobody can know for sure except for him.

“I wasn’t really trying to knock him out. I was putting about 70 percent on him, and it was enough.”

UFC President Dana White briefly scolded the former challenger for not putting in his fullest efforts.

“It wasn’t enough,” White criticized. “You left it in the hands of the judges. You better give 100 percent next time.”

Hendricks had no response because he knew it was true.

White has said he wants to set up a rematch between the two fighters, because he believes that Hendricks won the fight. That might be hard to do considering that GSP is leaning toward retirement at this point.

However, if there ever is a rematch, Hendricks assured everyone at the press conference that he will not leave it in the hands of the judges next time.

“If I get to see him in the ring again, it won’t go the distance. I will finish him. I know I can go five rounds now.”

  • Colin Bisson

    “Look at his face and look at mine,” And here we have Hendricks subscribing to the school of thought that damage done = winner of the fight. If this were a street fight, yes. This is a combat sport. More than that is taken into consideration.

    ““If I get to see him in the ring again, it won’t go the distance. I will finish him. I know I can go five rounds now.” He knows he can finish 5 rounds when he is supposedly only going 70 percent with his punches. The harder you throw them, the more energy you’re expending. I have a feeling the rematch would be a lot more clear cut – For GSP (Assuming he doesn’t get KO’d of course as that is always a risk when fighting Hendricks.). Name one fight he has lost where he hasn’t come back better and more strategic to completely shut up the naysayers. I don’t feel he lost this one but it was certainly a close enough fight where he will have a new gameplan for the next. I’m actually surprised he wasn’t more consistent in his takedown attempts.

    Really, if Hendricks didn’t give 100% then he should really be blaming himself as much as he is the judges.

    • Honestly, we try not to inject our ‘opinions’ but it’s very challenging to see what merit there is for a challenger to go into a championship bout and not give it their all. If he was playing it safe then there should have been no disappointment or surprise in the decision loss. Which begs the question, what really is / was going through his mind?

      • Colin Bisson

        I completely agree. Was he playing it safe to ensure his cardio would hold up? If so, that’s an issue that really needs to be worked on. Was he playing it safe as to not leave opportunities for GSP to exploit? Or was he relying that much on the judges feeling he was winning the fight he felt comfortable playing it safe.

        As a sidenote: Assuming GSP has some serious things going on in life right now mentally, I wonder if he were to get everything squared away and resolved, came back for a rematch in say 10 months, if it would be a different fight. Mental distractions can definitely take their toll and mess you up in even the most menial task.

        • White will try to pressure him for a rematch but given the flurry of less than stellar Championship finishes recently, I would say it’s in the best interest of the UFC and their fans to start pumping fresh blood into the title ranks. We’ve had Jones narrowly win v.s Gustoffson, Silva announce retirement after an embarrassing loss vs Weidman but then get pressured to return for a rematch. If I were GSP, I would cash in my chips and take a well deserved rest from fighting. Better to go out on a high note anyway.