Johny Hendricks earned a long-awaited return to the win column after winning a hard-fought decision victory over Hector Lombard in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Sunday night. The win comes after Hendricks dropped three straight in the UFC welterweight division and questions as to his future in the sport following a number of issues with his weight cuts which mandated his move north to 185-pounds.
So far, so good for the former welterweight champion. Hendricks was awarded a unanimous decision over the ever-dangerous Lombard and now with the wind at his back once more he has joined the ever-expanding chorus of fighters campaigning for a match with the returning Georges St-Pierre.
Michael Bisping has been vocal in his desire to set up a bout with GSP but Hendricks maintains that he a rematch between he and the returning Canadian superstar makes the most sense. St-Pierre embarked on a more than three year hiatus from the sport following a contentious decision victory over Hendricks in late 2013 in what was his last title defense.
Speaking to USA Today following the event in Canada on Sunday, Hendricks stated his case.
“Who would want to see him and Bisping, or me and Bisping? I’m pretty sure the whole world would much rather see that. I would just say sorry for the Canadians. I’m going to have to beat his face in, definitely if he comes to 185. Because that’s a fight that I’ve been really looking for. And now that I’ve got a win under my belt at 185, he’s a newcomer at 185.”
Hendricks can now add his name to the likes of Bisping, Anderson Silva and even Conor McGregor as to those linked to a bout with St-Pierre and would likely be considered an outsider at this point but as this sport sometimes tends to go, if he makes enough noise you never know what happen.
As it stands though, and as all the speculation suggests, it is still Bisping who remains in pole position to grab the coveted GSP comeback fight.