On Nov. 16, Johny Hendricks will finally get his long-overdue shot against current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
The two will headline the UFC 167 fight card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Georges (24-2-0, 8 KOs) is one of the most dominant champions in UFC history, with 8 successful title defenses, second only to former middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s 10.
However, despite GSP’s impressive reign as the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight champion, victory against Hendricks (15-1-0, 8 KOs) at UFC 167 is far from guaranteed.
That’s because Hendricks packs serious knockout power in his left hand, punching power which was clearly evident during his bouts against Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch. Johny’s ability to close large distances with a single step significantly increases the likelihood of one of his sleep-inducing left hooks finding its target, making him a dangerous threat to any welterweight in the UFC.
Hendricks — who also has solid wrestling skills — won’t be only looking to land hard shots with his left hand at UFC 167 though, he’s confident his right would do just as much damage if it finds GSP’s face.
“No, I want to hit him with my right,” Hendricks responded when asked if he’d be focused on landing his signature left hook on GSP. “My right hits just as hard as my left and I’ve been hitting people with it. I’m getting stronger with it. And also, going with Tyson… he told me a couple of things that really helped me out, and really made me a better boxer… He said, ‘you can always hit a guy with the kitchen sink and he may not go down. But it’s not the first hand that kills him, it’s the second shot.'”
Hendricks also pointed out the fact GSP seems to be a lot easier to hit inside the cage nowadays, with his last two opponents Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit landing 41 and 36 significant strikes respectively. Compare that to the earlier days of GSP’s reign when opponents rarely landed more that 10 significant strikes during a fight (Matt Hughes landed 10 times during their second fight, Josh Koscheck landed 4, while Matt Serra landed 3 significant shots during their rematch), and it’s hard to disagree with Hendricks’ assessment.
One thing’s for sure, if Hendricks lands anywhere close to 41 or 36 hard shots at UFC 167, we’ll likely have a new welterweight champion.