For his part, Hendricks is certainly in the latter camp. The former Oklahoma State national champion wrestler told Ariel Helwani for FOX Sports following the fight that he believes without a doubt that he earned the title. Though his words were colored with some bitterness, Hendricks vowed to use the experience to become a better fighter and not miss his chance at the belt again.
"I did beat Georges St-Pierre," Hendricks asserted. "I did deserve that belt. I won that belt. But two people didn't see it that way and guess what, I'm going to go back home. I swear to god, I'm going to get stronger, better and faster and that just won't happen again. I knew I had to beat him, and I did. He's all banged up. There's nothing I could have done better."
Adding insult to injury, St-Pierre revealed after the fight that he isn't sure whether or not he will return to compete again due to personal issues. Though Hendricks would likely prefer to fight St-Pierre again and put a stamp on a victory, he's mostly concerned with winning the title regardless of who's holding it.
"I don't care," he said of St-Pierre's potential retirement. "I want that belt. That's my belt. He knows it. I'd retire too. I wouldn't want to give it away."
UFC president Dana White remained confident following the fight that St-Pierre will return and that an immediate rematch can be worked out. Either way, Hendricks is at the front of the line when it comes the welterweight title.
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