"I was with the kids, and I just put it to the side," Hendricks told me in a phone interview this afternoon. "I can't control it. It sucks, but you just have to suck it up and say, 'It happened' and move forward."
Hendricks returned to his home in Mansfield on Monday, and said he has not watched a replay of his fight against GSP that the vast majority of viewers - including UFC president Dana White - felt Hendricks won. He plans to watch the fight again on Friday. He said his coaches watched a replay and maintain he won.
Although GSP hinted at a sabbatical/retirement immediately after the fight to address personal issues, Hendricks said Dana White told him that "There's not going to be a delay. He's talked to (GSP) and said there will be a rematch. That's all I can go with."
I asked Hendricks if that rematch could potentially be for the recently announced UFC 171, scheduled for March 15 at the American Airlines Center.
"Dana said he would like for it to be in Dallas. I can't control that," he said. "Sooner or later, there's going to be a rematch. I don't care when it's going to happen."
Hendricks said he would not do anything differently if he had to fight GSP again, other than try to improve on what he did during that fight.
I asked him if the public's reaction to the judges' ruling mattered to him at all. That he's not crazy in believing he won.
"Exactly," he said. "All of the fans, the president of the UFC, saying 'Yes - you did win', it makes you feel a little better. I really do appreciate all of the support I've been getting."
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