In less than two weeks, former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks will face Tyron Woodley at UFC 192. Hendricks lost his belt in a close bout against Robbie Lawler last December, and should he win the co-headliner, he could be close to another title shot -- one that he has been asking for months.
But suddenly, the possibility of immediately getting his belt back is not of interest to him anymore.
"I don't care," Hendricks told GNP1.de. "Yeah, I campaigned for a fight, I should have gotten a fight. It didn't happen, you know what I mean? I wasted six months, you know what I mean? I wasted six months! I don't have time for that. I wanna fight, I wanna get back in there, I wanna continue to fight."
With Woodley, Hendricks will meet another strong wrestler which could make it difficult for him to establish the same strategy as he did in his last fight against Matt Brown. Hendricks, known for his knockout power and exciting fighting style, received a great deal of criticism for playing it safe against Brown by securing easy takedowns against the wild brawler and taking home an easy, but uninspired unanimous decision.
"I wanna make sure that I get the W," Hendricks vindicated himself. "Yeah, I wanna keep fans entertained, I wanna keep them excited for my fights, but I also know what I have to do. I have to win."
"And if that means that... I'm outstriking him, but the judges see it a different way, I'm gonna make sure they don't, by using all my skills," he said. "Yeah, I'm a mixed martial artist, I like to knock people out, but sometimes you can't. And if you can't, which way are the judges leaning? Like I said, two fights that I thought I've won, I have not."