UFC 154 Results: GSP Should Be Afraid of Johny Hendricks

Jonathan SnowdenCombat Sports Senior WriterNovember 18, 2012

Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada;  Johny Hendricks reacts after knocking out Martin Kampmann (not pictured) during first round action of their Welterweight bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE

Georges St-Pierre fought Jon Fitch for 25 brutal minutes.

Martin Kampmann took Carlos Condit to the limit, winning a 15-minute split decision.

Johny Hendricks? He put them both on the mat. Two left hands. Two knockouts.

Total time? 58 seconds.

If Georges St-Pierre isn't a little afraid of Johny Hendricks right now, Georges St-Pierre is a fool.

Hendricks seems custom built to take the fight to GSP, in a way no one has since the great Matt Hughes. His left hand, according to UFC announcer Joe Rogan, is arguably the strongest in the sport. When he lands it, whether on GSP or anyone else with a pulse, his opponent's lights are going out.

Typically, that's no problem for St-Pierre. Look no further than the Condit fight at UFC 154 for his normal response—takedown, ground and pound, rinse, repeat, decision win.

But that predictable pattern may not come so easily against Hendricks, who is a four-time NCAA All-American and a two-time NCAA champion at 165 pounds. In his senior year, Hendricks went 56-0 before losing in the NCAA finals to Iowa's Mark Perry, narrowly missing becoming a three-time champion. 

St-Pierre has feasted on men with Hendricks' resume, outwrestling Hughes, Frank Trigg and former NCAA champion Josh Koscheck. None of those men, however, packed Hendricks' punch. St-Pierre could stuff their takedowns because they were the only thing he really had to worry about against them.

That's not the case with Hendricks. If you don't worry about his left hand, bad things happen. As St-Pierre knows all too well, Johny's wrestling game will do plenty to open up his striking. He might not be able to match GSP's hard-earned acumen for five full rounds, but the beauty of the power punch is that it only takes one. And that's what makes a potential defense against the rising star such a fun fight to fantasize about.