UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre may be set to suit up as a supervillian in Marvel's Captain America sequel, but that doesn't mean he's going to take upcoming title challenger Johny Hendricks lightly.
In an interview with Sportsnet, "Rush" indicated that Hendricks was off base in his recent comments that he'd be training while St-Pierre was filming a movie (via sherdog.com):
"Well, I have some news for him: I'm already training now," St-Pierre said. "I trained two...three days after the (Nick Diaz) fight I was in the gym training, so." Earlier in the same interview, the dominant champion indicated that his role as Batroc the Leaper in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" was only going to take a week to film.
Therefore, his major movie debut would not create any problems with his title fight with "Bigg Rigg," tentatively set for the late summer or early fall as the UFC waits to announce an official date.
With his win over Diaz at UFC 158 last month, the Tristar Gym standout set a UFC welterweight record with eight consecutive title defenses. He also improved his current winning streak to 11.
Hendricks, a two-time National Champion and four-time All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University, also fought at UFC 158, picking up an entertaining decision win over Carlos Condit.
The Team Takedown fighter has now won six in a row, defeating the likes of former title challengers Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch, as well as perennial contender Martin Kampmann.
Despite being passed over for a title shot in the past, Hendricks could not be denied his spot as the 170-pound division's top contender after defeating Condit.
Will Hendricks finally be the one to dethrone St-Pierre from his perch atop the UFC's welterweight division, or will St-Pierre's stifling takedowns and top control once again be too much to handle?