Johny Hendricks on Carlos Condit: “I’m the #1 contender, and if he’s going to be fighting anyone, I think it should be me”

UFC welterweight contender, Johny Hendricks talks the current welterweight title picture after the interim champion called out Martin Kampmann this week, explaining as far as he’s concerned he is the number one contender and if Carlos Condit wants to defend his title against anyone it should be him.

Hendricks, speaking via MMAJunkie, said:

“Carlos Condit, he said he wanted to fight Kampmann. He called out Kampmann, and he’s done a couple of interviews where he hasn’t even mentioned my name as a top contender. I’m the No. 1 contender, and if he’s going to be fighting anyone, I think it should be me.”

“We have an interim belt, and interim belts are for one reason: for people to be able to still fight for a title. I feel like I’ve done everything I could to get that No. 1 spot, and somebody else is keeping it from me. I don’t get upset about many things, but I feel like I’ve done what I could to put me where I’m at today. The good Lord has blessed me. The fans have been awesome, and I’ve gone out there and done everything I could to put me in a situation for the belt. Carlos Condit is in my way. He really is. If I can’t fight him, and he won’t fight other people, now who do I fight?”

“I think you have to earn respect, and I think I did. For someone to sit there and bypass me like that, it’s like he’s saying that I’m not even good enough to be in his realm, and I think I am. I think I have what it takes to get in there and to win. I want that chance.”

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