The on again, off again welterweight title bout between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks has been clouded in doubt, but Dana White assures fans the fight will happen.
While fielding questions from fans at the UFC's Herald Square Takeover event, the UFC president confirmed that Hendricks is still at the forefront of the title picture, and the often-talked-about bout is inevitable:
It's going to happen. I think it's going to happen. It's just a matter of when now. I keep saying I'm going to talk to Georges, and I haven't talked to Georges yet, and actually, he and I were in LA yesterday and I didn't see him. We were both at Fox, and I missed him. I just got to talk to him and see when he's ready to fight again.
Hendricks has emerged as possibly the biggest threat to St-Pierre's title reign in quite some time.
At UFC 158, he extended his win streak to six with an impressive, unanimous decision victory over former interim champ Carlos Condit.
The victory was initially believed to guarantee him a future showdown with the welterweight champ, but the bout was put in doubt after Latino Review broke the news that St-Pierre was cast as Batroc the Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a Marvel comic film.
Luckily for Hendricks, St-Pierre stated during an appearance on UFC Tonight that he was through filming, and he had already begun training again.
Of course, there always seems to be bad news when it pertains to Hendricks fighting St-Pierre.
It seems that St-Pierre's camp could be waiting on the outcome of the UFC middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman slated for July. If Silva wins, St-Pierre may make the decision to move up to 185 pounds and challenge him to a superfight for the UFC title.
At the pre-fight media scrum for UFC on Fox 7, even White admitted he wouldn't say no if St-Pierre asked to fight Silva.
The bout would likely be St-Pierre's last in the UFC, according to his manager Firas Zahabi. St-Pierre even stated himself on UFC Tonight that there would be no returning to the welterweight division if he moves up and faces Silva.
"If I'm going up to 185, the one thing is I will not be able to come back down after," said St-Pierre.