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St-Pierre sees Hendricks as big threat

ESPN staff
December 5, 2012
Greg Jackson will let Georges St-Pierre decide when the time is right to fight Anderson Silva © Getty Images

Greg Jackson has revealed Georges St-Pierre is eyeing Johny Hendricks as his next fight.

St-Pierre recently returned from a 19-month absence with victory over Carlos Condit, after which it was expected that he would finally agree to a super-fight with middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

However, while Silva and UFC president Dana White are desperate to make the bout happen, St-Pierre has always been hesitant - given Silva's clear size advantage.

Instead it appears GSP would rather defend his welterweight strap against No. 1 contender Hendricks, who has beaten Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann to climb the 170lb ladder.

"I don't know [who GSP will fight next]," Jackson told Inside MMA. "There's certainly some really tough guys out there

"I'll tell you who we've got our eye on is Hendricks. The guy's got a big bomb, he's good wrestling and I think he's going to pose a lot of problems, so we've really got to keep our eye on him."

Jackson is often accused of advising his fighters to take "safe" fights, but he insists St-Pierre will be the one to decide if the time if right to face Silva.

"I honestly don't know [if GSP will fight Silva next], I'll be there to help, myself and all the rest of the coaches who help Georges will be there to help if that happens, but I'm not sure. It's all up to GSP and what he decides."

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