Georges St. Pierre Says Johny Hendricks Can Keep the Title, But Reveals He’s Open for a Rematch If Things Change in the UFC
By Rachelle Corpuz | March 25, 2014 4:35 PM EST
After winning the welterweight title in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 79, Georges St. Pierre has successfully defended for six years until he surrendered the belt in December. Now that the belt has a new owner in Johny Hendricks, the Canadian mixed martial artists doesn't mind at all and says that he can keep the title.
MMA: UFC 167-St-Pierre vs Hendricks
St. Pierre wasn't feeling any resentment or bitterness after Hendricks won the welterweight title at UFC 171. Speaking to Ariel Helwani for The MMA Hour, he said that it was his decision to give away the title. "Nobody ever forced me to fight, and its same thing, nobody forced me to stop and I wanted to stop," he said. In fact, St. Pierre was happy to watch the fight, and he thought that Hendricks won it fair.
Regarding the topic of a potential rematch between him and Hendricks, St. Pierre explained that his future in the UFC still remains uncertain unless his demands on the subject of drug testing within the sport have been met.
"If I come back, I have to change some things in the way the fight is done," he said. St. Pierre also made it clear that he has nothing against UFC, and he only wanted to "elevate the sport."
St. Pierre also addressed the issue about UFC President Dana White and Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Fertitta's claim that they were surprised that he is talking about the issue of drug testing again because according to St. Pierre, he had already spoken to Dana and Lorenzo behind closed doors after his last fight at UFC 167.
Towards the end of interview, Hendricks was connected to their interview and the 32-year-old Canadian mixed martial artist didn't hesitate to commend Hendricks' performance at UFC 171.
"Hi Johny, congratulations, great fight," St. Pierre told Hendricks. "I believe, personally, you win the fight," he added.
Hendricks said he was grateful that St. Pierre "opened the doors" for other fighters like him for the welterweight title that he owned since 2007, but stated that he would still like to fight him for a rematch.
However, St. Pierre only has this to say, "Stick around for a bit, keep the title, we'll see what happens in the sport and if some things change maybe we'll get together again."
Listen to St. Pierre's full interview here.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Join the Conversation
- 2014 Davis Cup Final: Switzerland Vs. France - Roger Federer Vs. Gael Monfils Live Streaming Info and Preview
- Michael Schumacher Update: Rep Responds To Streiff’s Comments—‘He’s Neither A Friend Nor Has He Ever Visited Him’
- LA Lakers: Kobe Bryant Attributes Past Outburst Against Dwight Howard To 'Heat Of The Moment,' Doesn't Feel The Same Way As Durant Does
- Boxing News: Freddie Roach Not Buying Into Arum's Claim Of Pacquiao v Mayweather In 2015, Claims 'Money' Will Say 'No' After Algieri Fight
- Door Is Open For Brock Lesnar To Make UFC Return -- Dana White
- Walmart Early Price Matching Special Event On Nov. 21, 2014 Matches Its Competitors' Black Friday 2014 Prices And Includes Exclusive Deals For Samsung LED HDTVs And iPad Air 2 [WATCH VIDEO]
- US Plane Flying Over Russian Skies Spotted; Vladimir Putin Ready For 'Practical Cooperation' With US
- Black Friday 2014 Sale: Top Deals On Game Consoles Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Wii U And More
- Walmart Pre-Black Friday 2014 Sale On Nov. 21, 2014 Includes Discounts On The 'NBA 2K15' For PS4 And The 'Skylanders Trap Team’ Starter Kit [WATCH VIDEO]
- Alleged 'Microsoft Lumia 1030' Front Panel Leaked With Capacitive Buttons; 'Xbox One' Owners To Get Free Goodies On Anniversary
- More Bad News for Android 5.0 Lollipop As Problems Come In for Nexus and Other Devices
- Cold War 2: Russia, China And North Korea’s Blacklisted Company Fortify Alliance -- Reports