Johny Hendricks became the new welterweight champion at UFC 171, with his win over Robbie Lawler. Hendricks has only been champion for a week, but fellow fighters are coming forward and saying that the welterweight picture is not looking good for the UFC.
The Ultimate Fighter season 1 cast member Josh Koscheck is one of the people commenting on the landscape of the division, and he doesn’t appear to be a fan of the new champ.
Koscheck believes that Hendricks cannot sell pay-per-views and that will lead to the promotion paying former champion Georges St-Pierre to return.
“I buy [St-Pierre returning this year],” said Koscheck as transcribed by MMATorch. “He’s got a lot of money, so I don’t think he cares either way. Here’s the reason he’ll fight, though. Even though the UFC and St-Pierre have a little bit of a grudge match going on right now, the UFC is going to suck up its ego and pay St-Pierre to come back.
“The UFC is losing money at 170 pounds because Johny Hendricks isn’t going to sell pay-per-views. We know that. GSP is the pay-per-view king. The UFC will offer him something to come back and fight again. I can guarantee you that. It’s all about the money.
“How in the hell would they give Nick Diaz a title fight coming off two losses in a row? I should fight for the title if that’s the case. You question the sport if things like that happen. That doesn’t look good for the sport if Diaz is next in line for the title. Rory MacDonald, Tyron Woodley - those are good candidates for being next in line for the title.”
If Koscheck is right, then fans will have to be happy.
St-Pierre is a fan favorite and one of the biggest draws in the UFC, so having him back will be a big win for everyone.