Dana, Joe, Frank and Lorenzo, listen up: Johny Hendricks is Georges St-Pierre's next fight.
That is it. It has to be.
GSP vs. Silva is marketable, sure, but each of those guys is marketable on his own as well, so it's not like you have to put them together for a huge fight.
Your matchmaking process already crapped the bed this year whenever you announced Chael Sonnen would challenge Jon Jones for the 205-pound title in 2013. That was a no-no, but we let you have your way, realizing that The Ultimate Fighter season would be hilarious and entertaining, even if we didn't want to admit it.
This is different, though. Stop talking about GSP vs. Anderson, please. Silva destroys "Rush" in that matchup anyway. It would be a great fight with a ton of hype and no substance to back support the build-up. We would all be disappointed, and where would Anderson be? Still the greatest of all time—nothing changes.
Johny Hendricks, meanwhile, rightfully earned his title shot tonight. His performance against Martin Kampmann was absolutely spectacular.
I have a ton of respect for Kampmann's skills, and I always say that his chin is one of his greatest assets. It kept him alive against Ellenberger (a fight he eventually won), and it kept him standing way longer than he should have against Paul Daley and Nate Marquardt—fights he lost but still showed an insane ability to absorb punishment in.
Just like Jon Fitch before him, Kampmann just couldn't handle the power Hendricks brought with him. With all due respect to the great Dan Henderson, we might have a new H-bomb in town. Hendricks' power is for real, and it is quite possibly the most devastating strike in all of MMA right now.
Does Hendricks deserve the next welterweight title shot?
Hendricks has beaten T.J. Waldburger, Mike Pierce, Jon Fitch, Josh Koscheck and now Martin Kampmann in his last five fights. There is no way you can look me in the eye and reasonably say he does not deserve his shot against Georges St-Pierre.
Superfight this, superfight that—it is all irrelevant in my eyes right now, because there is a legitimate challenger who earned his opportunity.
Do we not care about people earning fights? Is @JohnyHendricks not popular enough for you? Is his beard not fashionable?
Cut the crap and give the man what he deserves.
The UFC owes it to their company, to their fans and to the legitimacy of the welterweight championship itself to do the right thing here.
Johny Hendricks and his booming left hand have put in the work.
Now give them their pay.