UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler’s next title defense look set to come against either Carlos Condit or Johny Hendricks, and having fought both of them before former title holder Georges St.Pierre has an opinion on who he thinks is the more dangerous fighter.
“Carlos Condit is a nightmare,” St-Pierre told gnp1.de. “Of all the guys that I would not want to fight again, it would be Carlos Condit. Because Carlos Condit…is very well rounded, things can come out of every angle, from everywhere. Johny Hendricks is very good at what he does. Not as surprising as Carlos Condit, but he’s very good at what he does. He hits very hard with his left. But I do believe right now, if you talk about ranking and positioning, the man that deserves the title shot would be Johny Hendricks. That’s what I believe. But Carlos Condit is not far behind. And on a five round fight, I believe right now in the mix, Carlos Condit might be the most dangerous guy. He has more weapons in his arsenal and you never know where it’s coming from. It’s just a nightmare fighting a guy like this.”
St.Pierre defeated Condit by unanimous decision back in 2012, but had to survive a scare when he appeared to be rocked by a head kick in the third round. Still, it’s interesting to see that he believes that was his toughest opponent as it was Hendricks who appeared to push him to the limit when they fought a year later, and the Canadian only emerged the winner by a narrow split decision verdict on that occasion.
Nonetheless, GSP believes that Condit would get the better not only of Hendricks, but also Lawler too – though it should be noted that he’s never fought ‘Ruthless’ before, so doesn’t have that hands-on experience to judge him by.
“If I would have to bet – let’s have no choice – between Lawler, Hendricks and Condit, I believe Condit is the one that will emerge victorious. That’s on a five round fight. He’s a nightmare.”
For the record, the current word seems to be that Condit will be getting the next title shot, with Hendricks potentially facing another top contender, Tyron Woodley.
Speaking to MMAjunkie Radio late last week Hendricks said he hadn’t had official confirmation yet though and said he’s “still hoping it’s not true,” as he’s eager to lock horns with Lawler for a third time.