August 26th, 2014
Johnny Hendricks wants to build his long lasting legacy in the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC and he certainly hopes that former UFC Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre is a part of it.
It has almost been a year since Hendricks suffered a controversial decision loss at the hands of Rush in the title fight and a lot has changed since then. GSP is no longer a part of the UFC roster and Hendricks is the reigning UFC Welterweight champion.
But Hendricks has made it clear that the failure to grasp the torch as the divisional champion from arguably the greatest fighter in the history of the sport still haunts him. Hendricks stated in an interview that he doesn’t hide the fact that he would love to fight Georges St. Pierre again, and a lot has changed since then and now.
That loss to GSP came in his first ever five round match and Hendricks stated that he is getting used to it now and will only get better with the more five round matches he fights. Ideally, he doesn’t prefer matches to drag on for so long but he is getting used to it if it does.
Merely a month after beating Hendricks, the Canadian announced that he was taking a hiatus from the sport and instead of getting a rematch with GSP, Hendricks was faced with 170 lbs. challenger Robbie Lawler in a match to crown the new champion for the title vacated by Rush.
But the fact that he didn’t get the chance to start his own legacy by defeating Georges St. Pierre, much like UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman did by beating Anderson Silva still hurts and haunts the big American, no matter how many defences he makes between now and the end of his career.
July 22nd, 2014
Talking about the upcoming fight, Chael Sonnen, the UFC Brazil 3 coach commented about the forthcoming fight on 31st of May,versus Wanderlei Silva his arch rival and TUF Coach. Despite taking a dig at Silva, who is currently staying at Vegas, Sonnen seemed all fine about fighting with Wanderlei in Brazil, his home country. Sonnen affirmed that he will not be fighting Wanderlei in his hometown, Las Vegas and wants a neutral platform for the fight. He confirmed that the fight is on in Sao Paulo.
Present UFC middleweight winner Chris Weidman, who was of late compelled to pull out at UFC 173 bout versus Lyoto Machina because of an injury in his right knee, will require to undergo a minor knee surgery. Both his knees seem affected at the moment with his left knee injury being a persistent issue which he has been suffering since his high school days. His knee surgery has been scheduled for upcoming Tuesday and his camp expects a 4 to 8 weeks recovery time for him. However it shouldn’t have an effect on his ability to retain the title during the postponed bout versus Lyoto Machinda in July during the UFC 175.
Johny Hendricks, the current Ultimate Fight Championship welterweight champion also underwent a minor surgery because of a injured right bicep. This injury happened couple of weeks before his fight at UFC 171 versus Robbie Lawler, which literally made him withdraw right at the end of the bout.
Hendricks right now needs to go through a 4 to 8 week recovery period post his surgery, and then will gradually resume his training. The fighter hopes to make a comeback at the end of the year, fully recovered from all the injuries.
June 4th, 2014
Although Georges St. Pierre is no longer an active fighter for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC president Dana White has confirmed that the promotion will foot the bill for the former UFC Welterweight champion’s ACL surgery which was completed this past week.
The health insurance policy for the UFC fighter was only inserted into his contract in May 2011 but for the Canadian, who took a self imposed exile from the sport in December last year, there were questions as to whether his surgery would fall under that particular policy.
White stated that Rush’s current contract with the UFC is in a frozen state but that still enables him to the health insurance policy because he is still an active fighter and has not officially retired from the sport.
He said that the promotion has health insurance for all the fighters, adding that it should be covered even if the contract remains frozen. The UFC boss also mentioned that Georges St. Pierre is still under contract and he remains a UFC fighter.
St. Pierre has not stepped inside the UFC Octagon since UFC 167 back in November 2013 when he defended his title for the ninth successive time, defeating the current champion Johnny Hendricks via a decision. Just a few weeks after that win, GSP confirmed that he intended to take some time off from the sport in order to focus on his personal life and vacated the UFC Welterweight Championship, a title he has held since 2008.
The 32 year old has maintained his training schedule despite his semi retirement and it was thought that Georges St. Pierre would return to the cage by the end of this year but now, with the surgery, he wis not expected to return to the UFC until the turn of the year.