UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks has a special place for his title.
It’s not a mantle in his house, or some rusty shelf.
It’s a safety deposit box in a bank.
“I’m going to put it in a vault. It’s going to be locked away,” said Hendricks, during an interview with MMAjunkie Radio.
Hendricks (16-2) captured the title in front of his home fans in Dallas over the weekend at UFC 171, besting Robbie Lawler via decision.
It’s the first time the former NCAA wrestling standout from Oklahoma State University has captured UFC gold – a feeling that eluded him last November when Georges St-Pierre won a split decision.
“I want remember what it felt like to get it and I want to feel what it feels like to get the next one,” he said. “I was able to do something great (at UFC 171), but realistically, I’ve got to turn right back around and do it again if I want to stay champ.”
Hendricks isn’t changing stances in regards to talking contenders, but he did admit he still has a bone to pick with GSP.
“I would like to get back into the Octagon with him,” he said. “If that can happen, then I want that.”
St-Pierre vacated the title in December and announced plans to step away from MMA. He has not committed to a return date, but also hasn’t stated plans to retire.