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On November 16, 2013, Georges St-Pierre earned what was widely considered to be the narrowest, most hard-earned victory of his career when he defeated Johny Hendricks via split decision at UFC 167. After this bout, GSP walked away from the sport, and it appeared as though we had likely seen the welterweight great compete for…

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On November 16, 2013, Georges St-Pierre earned what was widely considered to be the narrowest, most hard-earned victory of his career when he defeated Johny Hendricks via split decision at UFC 167. After this bout, GSP walked away from the sport, and it appeared as though we had likely seen the welterweight great compete for the last time in MMA.

As we later found out, St-Pierre would return four years later when he claimed the middleweight title from Michael Bisping. Prior to St-Pierre making the walk again, it was uncertain who he would be facing upon his return. If it were up to Johny Hendricks, there wouldn’t have been another opponent at all.

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Headline: Johny Hendricks: ‘I Wish GSP Would’ve Stayed Out’ of MMA Competition

Author: Fernando Quiles Jr.

One person who isn’t very excited to see the return of Georges St-Pierre is Johny Hendricks.

Hendricks is fresh off his unanimous decision victory over Hector Lombard last Sunday night (Feb. 19) inside the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was “Bigg Rigg’s” middleweight debut. Hendricks hasn’t made the top 15 in the official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 185-pound rankings yet, but he may be one win away from changing that.

Upon hearing the news of St-Pierre’s professional mixed martial arts (MMA) return, Hendricks didn’t sound too enthusiastic. Hendricks competed against “Rush” back in Nov. 2013 for the welterweight championship. St-Pierre retained his title by a controversial split decision win. He then went on a hiatus, vacating his title in the process.

Since that time, Hendricks has won the 170-pound title. He has also gone 3-4 in his last seven fights, losing the title to Robbie Lawler in that time.

On today’s (Feb. 27) edition of “The MMA Hour” (via MMAMania.com), Hendricks revealed he doesn’t necessarily agree with St-Pierre’s decision to come back:

“I am (surprised to see him back), I wish he would’ve stayed out. But you know what, a competitor is always going to be a competitor and we’ll see how he comes back. I heard he might be coming to 185, so you know I do (want a piece of him). So like I went through my rough period, and I did something and was able to bounce back. Whenever he went through his rough period, he got out. Yeah, you can train, yeah you could do these things, but has he done enough to where he is going to be able to come back a different fighter?”

An opponent, date, and venue have not been announced for “Rush’s” comeback fight. His coach, Firas Zahabi, hopes his fighter is eyeing big fights with UFC lightweight king Conor McGregor and middleweight title holder Michael Bisping.

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GSP: UFC Did Not Want Special Drug Testing For Johny Hendricks Fight

Georges St-Pierre claims that the UFC prevented Johny Hendricks from taking a drug test outside of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. St-Pierre called for enhanced drug testing measures in the UFC long before USADA entered the fold. He strongly push…

Georges St-Pierre claims that the UFC prevented Johny Hendricks from taking a drug test outside of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. St-Pierre called for enhanced drug testing measures in the UFC long before USADA entered the fold. He strongly pushed for it ahead of his UFC 167 welterweight title fight against Hendricks back in 2013. […]

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Georges St-Pierre Claims UFC Prevented Drug Testing Ahead Of UFC 167

georges st-pierreGeorges St-Pierre is claiming the UFC told Johny Hendricks to refuse drug testing in the lead-up to their title bout. St-Pierre and Hendricks met in the main event of UFC 167 for the welterweight championship back in 2013. It was a back-and-forth affair that eventually saw ‘GSP’ declared winner by split decision. Many believed Hendricks […]

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Georges St-Pierre is claiming the UFC told Johny Hendricks to refuse drug testing in the lead-up to their title bout.

St-Pierre and Hendricks met in the main event of UFC 167 for the welterweight championship back in 2013. It was a back-and-forth affair that eventually saw ‘GSP’ declared winner by split decision. Many believed Hendricks had done enough to earn the victory, and calls for a rematch rang out through the MMA community. However, it was not to be, as St-Pierre would announce his retirement shortly there after.

One of the main reasons St-Pierre cited for his decision to walk away from the sport was a lack of any sort of official drug testing policy being put into place. Now, on a recent edition of the Legend 2 Legend with Burt Watson podcast, ‘Rush’ said that the UFC actively persuaded Hendricks from undergoing drug testing prior to the fight (H/T Sportskeeda).

I was telling Johny Hendricks that ‘Okay, let’s make drug testing for that fight’ and he agreed in the beginning but the after, he said no,” St-Pierre recalled. “He didn’t want to do it and I’ve learned also that UFC tell him to not do it because they didn’t want to start a trend that people start doing it [drug testing]. I know there’s a lot of good fighters that are honest, that don’t cheat and it would have made a lot of guys that are honest, who think their opponent might be cheating, to do the same trend. They didn’t want that to start so they told Johny Hendricks to not do it.”

It’s a rather bold claim by the former welterweight champion, and, if true, a pretty damning one for the UFC. Stopping your athletes from ensuring that they’re playing on a safe and level field isn’t exactly a good look for a sports organization.

Of course, the UFC would eventually reach a deal with USADA in 2015 to start regularly testing their fighters. That move would eventually pave the way for St-Pierre to make his return to the organization, where he would defeat Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship at UFC 217 in 2017. He would retire once again shortly after that bout and his since enjoyed a successful career outside of the octagon, including appearing in multiple Marvel projects.

Do you believe Georges St-Pierre’s claims that the UFC prevented Johny Hendricks from undergoing drug testing?

Kevin Holland Explains Why He Only Trained Wrestling With AKA For One Week

It seems as though Kevin Holland did not do as much extensive wrestling training with American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) as we might’ve thought. After having an amazing 2020 where Holland went 5-0, tying the UFC record for most wins in a calendar …

It seems as though Kevin Holland did not do as much extensive wrestling training with American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) as we might’ve thought. After having an amazing 2020 where Holland went 5-0, tying the UFC record for most wins in a calendar year, “Trailblazer” fell to a two-fight losing skid this year against Derek Brunson […]

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The Importance Of OSU Wrestling To Primitive & Modern MMA

Oklahoma State University has a rich history of producing elite-level mixed martial arts fighters and has been doing for several decades. The school’s wrestling team has long been one of the best in the country and for some reason, its athletes always seem to bet on MMA as their follow-on career. In the late 1980s […]

Oklahoma State University has a rich history of producing elite-level mixed martial arts fighters and has been doing for several decades. The school’s wrestling team has long been one of the best in the country and for some reason, its athletes always seem to bet on MMA as their follow-on career.

In the late 1980s before MMA or the UFC was even a thing Don Frye and Randy Couture were teammates on the OSU wrestling team. The pair would go on to become pioneers in the sport of MMA and legends of the game.

Frye entered the UFC in its very early days when the sport lacked many of the rules we see in place today – one such rule was no weight classes. Frye won the UFC 8 tournament and the UFC 1996 tournament too. Although in those days they didn’t have a belt system he was for all intents and purposes a UFC champion and remains a fight legend.

Couture left OSU with his place in the Hall of Fame secure and went to work on achieving the same feat inside the UFC. His list of accomplishments is staggering, to say the least. ‘The Natural’ held UFC titles on six occasions. He was the first fighter to become a champion in two different weight classes and he was also the oldest ever champion when winning the heavyweight strap at 45 years old – he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2006.

In more recent times you have had guys like Johny Hendricks emerge from OSU to become UFC champions. ‘Big Rig’ won two NCAA Division I championships during his years at college where he finished with an overall wrestling record of 159 – 13. The now retired MMA fighter took to the sport like many from OSU – naturally. He had the elite level grappling base and ungodly power in his hands that made him the UFC welterweight champion.

Currently Daniel Cormier is the man flying the flag for OSU in the UFC. The 41-year-old was a standout wrestler at OSU and went on to represent the USA at the 2004 Olympics coming fourth. He was named captain for the 2008 games but was forced out due to kidney failure brought on by excessive weight cutting. Since transitioning to MMA in 2009 he has enjoyed great success and is arguably one of the greatest fighters ever. ‘DC’ won the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix just 10 fights into his professional career. He went on to join the UFC an become a dual weight champion at light-heavyweight and heavyweight, he was just the second fighter to do so.

While the OSU wrestling team has produced three UFC champions and a tournament winner it has also produced a lot of other high calibre fighters who still made a massive impact despite not reaching the lofty heights of UFC gold. Shane Roller, Jared Rosholt, Jake Rosholt Mark Munoz, Muhammed Lawal were all part of the OSU wrestling team and all went on to become world-class MMA fighters.

Johny Hendricks Thinks Jon Jones Should Have More Losses On His Record

Johny HendricksFormer UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks says light-heavyweight king Jon Jones should have several losses on his record. Hendricks made the comments while speaking to BJPenn.com about his loss to Georges St Pierre. Many fans believe ‘Big Rig’ was robbed of victory against long-time champion ‘GSP’ at UFC 167 in November 2013. Despite suffering a […]

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Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks says light-heavyweight king Jon Jones should have several losses on his record.

Hendricks made the comments while speaking to BJPenn.com about his loss to Georges St Pierre. Many fans believe ‘Big Rig’ was robbed of victory against long-time champion ‘GSP’ at UFC 167 in November 2013. Despite suffering a tough loss Hendricks doesn’t seem to have too many negative emotions towards the situation.

“After that fight, I went home, and then we went to Disney World and that’s when I found out I was fighting Robbie Lawler for the belt. So, I didn’t have much time to kick back and re-watch.”

“The fans knew what happened. I think I got more fans off that fight because I handled the loss well. Even though I did lose, the way I handled myself afterward. Now, that I’m retired I don’t really worry about it,” Hendricks explained. “It did bother me at the time, like not having a win over GSP hurt me. But, now that I look back, everything happens for a reason and I got a title shot anyway and won the belt in Texas. It’s the hard part of the career knowing your life is in the judges hands.”

Hendricks went on to say fate just wasn’t on his side against ‘GSP’. ‘Big Rig’ referenced 205lb great Jones to explain how sometimes it’s just bad judging that decides things, he said.

“They say you have to beat the champ to be the champ. You have to destroy the champ in order to win the belt. I’ve seen Jon Jones lose multiple times but still held onto the title. I think I would’ve been the champion a little longer. But, fate wasn’t on my side. You just deal with what you got.”

Do you agree with Johny Hendricks? Have we seen Jon Jones lose several times inside the octagon?