Looks like Johny Hendricks isn’t going to step back inside the cage anytime soon.
UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has been offered to defend his title against bitter rival Nick Diaz at UFC 158 in March, although the fight remains unofficial, MMA Fighting reported on Wednesday.
While many fans and fighters alike were clamoring for a GSP to fight Hendricks, who is on a five-fight winning steak, next, UFC President Dana White indicated last week that the French-Canadian asked for Diaz so he’s going to get him.
"Georges St-Pierre has been a phenomenal champion, just a great guy to deal with for us," White said prior UFC on FOX 5. "He doesn't ask for things. So if he wants to fight Nick Diaz, and Nick Diaz wants to fight him, then that's probably the fight we'll make.
The move is still rather surprising given that Diaz was defeated in his last Octagon appearance by Carlos Condit at UFC 143, though the decision was a controversial one.
Last week, when White announced GSP vs. Diaz was likely, Hendricks simply stated on Twitter what his plans were should Diaz get the next title shot at 170 pounds.
“Yes I will sit out if I don't get a title shot”
Speculation has been rampant for years that St-Pierre will sign on for a superfight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, but the fight continues to be put on hold. “Rush” vs. Nick Diaz is just the latest example.
Was St-Pierre vs. Diaz the right call or did the UFC miss the boat by not booking Hendricks vs. GSP?