MANILA, Philippines – Top welterweight contender Johny Hendricks wants to show the world that he has power in both of his hands by knocking out defending champion Georges St-Pierre using his right hand when they fight at UFC 167.
Hendricks is known for having knockout power in his left hand, having used it to put Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch to sleep, among others.
Against St-Pierre, however, Hendricks wants his right hand to do the talking.
“I can lay you out with both hands,” Hendricks said in an interview with Fight Hub TV. “Everyone thinks my left hand is the hand that’s gonna do it, but the goal is to put it away and knock him out with my right hand.”
“I do have the power to take GSP (St-Pierre) down. I let my body do the talking. I don’t go in with a game plan – I have a bunch. And then I let my body figure out what it wants,” he added.
St-Pierre should be concerned about more than just his knockout power, however, as Hendricks reminded the champion that he is also a capable wrestler.
“I know how to defeat a wrestler and the takedowns. (Josh) Koscheck, Fitch tried taking me down. Get back to your feet and bang it out,” he said.
Hendricks, who earned the title shot after beating former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, also said in the interview that he personally has nothing against St-Pierre, but that will not stop him from going all out in their showdown.
“I’ve never disliked anybody I’ve fought,” he said. “That’s the one thing I love about this sport. You can look across and say, 'Hey, he’s a good guy.' I got to meet him a couple of times, GSP is a good guy."