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There was a bit of concern following Johny Hendricks’ FOTN performance against Carlos Condit that he had broken his hand and might not be able to face Georges St Pierre in a timely fashion. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Ariel Helwani shares the good news via FUEL TV’s UFC Tonight:
“Of course he had the big win on Saturday night, and after the win over Carlos Condit, he told us that he was afraid he may have broken his dangerous left hand. Well, that does not appear to be the case. I spoke to him today and he said he thinks what happened was he dislocated a couple of fingers early in the fight and then as the fight went on –of course it went the full 15-minutes– it popped back into place. That’s why he was feeling so much pain after the fight but right now he doesn’t think he broke his hand and he’s going to have an x-ray just to make sure everything’s okay, but he’s pretty confident there was no break. He’s hoping that he’ll get the title shot against GSP in August. He says he’ll take it anywhere, anyplace, anytime. He’s really still on cloud nine after getting the shot, he’s in such a good mood right now.”
I bet even if that sucker was fuckered, Hendricks wouldn’t admit it. As he said at the post fight press conference, nothing is going to stop him from being the next guy to face Georges St Pierre. Except perhaps Georges himself, who hurt his Achilles tendon and is angling for six months off:
The TVA Sports has learned that the Quebec fighter injured his Achilles tendon at the end of training camp.
“Fortunately, there were no tears.” told coach Firas Zahabi. “That said, it was very tense and very painful, but not enough to cancel the fight. We wanted to keep it a secret since Diaz is an expert submissions ankles.
“Our concern was that the tendon tears during combat. For the moment, we do not know if he aggravated his injury, but it certainly will undergo treatment in the coming weeks for the tendon can heal properly. ”
“In addition to being hurt, St-Pierre was feverish during the fight against Diaz. It is physically and mentally exhausted. I think he will need at least six months of rest before returning to the Octagon.”
A lot of shit can happen in six months. The desire for an Anderson Silva / Georges St Pierre superfight could reignite with a few well-received bouts of smack. Imagine if Andy calls GSP out in the cage after defeating Chris Weidman? That’s all it would take and once again Hendricks is stuck waiting again. So sorry, but there’s MMA history to be made, ya know?