The last time Johny "Big Rigg" Hendricks of Mansfield, Texas fought he defeated Martin Kampmann so quickly in UFC 154 on Nov. 17, 2012 the bout lasted less than 60 seconds.
"That's what I thought was going to happen," Hendricks told me in a recent phone interview. "I thought, 'Now I'm going to fight GSP."
Instead, Hendricks got screwed. Despite a 14-1 record in MMA and 9-1 in UFC, GSP passed on Hendricks to fight Nick Diaz on Saturday night in UFC 158 in Montreal. The man GSP defeated in UFC 154, Carlos Condit, will fight Hendricks.
I asked Hendricks if he thinks GSP is ducking him.
"It felt like it," he said. "I'm going to keep saying that because I don't know what he is thinking. What this boils down to is Carlos Condit beat Nick Diaz. Who says (GSP) gets to be the judge? I fought Martin Kampmann for the No. 1 contender spot. That gave me the right to fight GSP.
"Right now, I have to get through Carlos Condit. If I don't get through it, then it doesn't matter because it's three more fights to get back to this spot. I don't know why, or what the real reason was he didn't want to fight me.
The fight that should be happening is GSP vs. Anderson Silva, but that potential mega-event is looking less and less like it will happen. On a recent conference call, I asked UFC president Dana White about a potential event at Cowboys Stadium - which Silva v. GSP would be ideal for - and somehow White had stepped away from the call when I posed that question.
If that fight can't happen, Hendricks earned the chance at GSP on Saturday. Instead, he needs to win and hope GSP does not lose that Diaz can win. Then Hendricks needs to hope he doesn't get screwed again.
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