Hendricks Pitches Fight, Dana White Pans The Idea

Published on June 21st, 2014 5:19 pm EST

Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and UFC President Dana White recently appeared on "Inside MMA" on AXS TV.

During the interview, Hendricks pitched an interesting idea - he would move up to Middleweight to take on champion Chris Weidman in a "superfight". The fans, Hendricks offered, have been deprived of potential superfights (St. Pierre vs Silva, Silva vs Jones, etc), and he would be willing to move up to take on Chris Weidman.

UFC President Dana White, on the other hand, panned the idea and said that Hendricks would have to clean out his division first. Hendricks, after all, hasn't even successfully defended his title once yet.

Hendricks then replied that he wasn't talking about having a superfight now, but three to four fights down the line. Dana White once again disagreed, arguing that it would take more than three or four fights to clean out a "very nasty division".

It's easy to agree to Dana White on this, as Robbie Lawler, Matt Brown, Carlos Condit, Hector Lombard and Rory MacDonald are all legitimate potential contenders for the title. That's five men who could immediately challenge for the title, and other contenders will appear over the coming months and years.

In addition, Weidman would also have to clean out the Middleweight division. Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida, Jacare Souza and Gegard Mousasi are just some of the men who will likely be challenging for the title over the coming years.


Dana White has frequently stated that superfights can only happen when two men have completely cleaned out their divisions. For instance, a superfight between Cain Velasquez and Jon "Bones" Jones would be much more likely at this point (likely a year or two down the road though).

In other words - don't hold your breath for a Hendricks/Weidman fight.

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