Georges St-Pierre has no desire to rematch Johny Hendricks because Bigg Rigg is no longer in his prime.
Georges St-Pierre’s ninth and final welterweight title defense against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 was one of the most controversial bouts of the year.
St-Pierre, who will return to the Octagon after a three-year hiatus to challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight championship in the Summer, beat ‘Bigg Rigg’ in a hard-fought split decision but many fans scored the fight for Hendricks.
Since then, Hendricks has struggled to generate the knockout power that made him such a dangerous foe and the Texan has gone 3-4 in his last seven fights. The former 170-pound champion recently snapped a three-fight skid after beating Hector Lombard via unanimous decision in his middleweight debut at UFC Fight Night 105.
GSP, 35, has no interest in a rematch with Hendricks despite the controversy in their 2013 bout because, in his own words, ‘the best Johny Hendricks’ is gone.
“I believe the best Johny Hendricks I’ve seen is gone,” St-Pierre said on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, per MMA Mania’s Ryan Harkness. “When he fought Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, Carlos Condit, when he fought me, I think this Johny Hendricks is gone. I didn’t feel the same pop, the same explosiveness. Maybe he’s going to prove it wrong at 185 maybe, but I feel he’s not the same anymore.”
The Canadian star didn’t completely rule out the idea of a rematch, but it will depend on how well Hendricks performs at 185 lbs.
“We’ll see what’s going to happen with him,” GSP continued. “Maybe if he bounces back like before. I believe he has the tools to go back to title contention for 185.”
St-Pierre is expected to take on Bisping during international fight week in July, although no official date or venue has been confirmed.