Johny Hendricks has one of the clearest cases as number one contender in any UFC weight class. Despite that, Hendricks was passed over in favor of Nick Diaz, a man who lost his last fight and then served a lengthy suspension for a failed drug test.
Welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre recently discussed the choice of Diaz over Hendricks, defending the fight by saying that he felt Diaz beat Carlos Condit while he felt Hendricks lost to Josh Koscheck. So, in GSP's eyes, Diaz is the "true number one contender."
It's something that Hendricks addressed yesterday on MMA Mania's Verbal Submission podcast:
"My reaction was like, 'Really?! You're an idiot.' He said that Condit really did beat Nick Diaz, know what I'm saying? He said, 'I'm fighting the true number one contender Carlos Condit,' and now, he's going backtracking and saying, 'Well, I think [Hendricks] lost.' Who cares? You don't get to decide. He's not a judge. He's not a judge. He's a fighter. He's paid to fight and he's paid to fight me. The fact that he was able to ask and get this request [to fight Diaz], the only thing this is, is it gives me more drive. It's not like I didn't have enough but what's gonna happen is, whenever I look across the cage, he's not going to see fear. He's not gonna see anything. All I want to do is I want to fight him. I want to look across and see GSP and that might be something he's not used to. I don't know. I don't know why he didn't take the fight but I guess I wouldn't want to fight me as well."
Hendricks takes on Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158 in March while St. Pierre vs. Diaz takes place in the main event that same night.