Win gets Johny Hendricks shot at title

MONTREAL -- Johny Hendricks is up next for a shot at the UFC welterweight title.

Hendricks (15-1) officially earned the No. 1 contender status Saturday, defeating Carlos Condit via unanimous decision in the UFC 158 co-main event.

"He's the No. 1 contender -- done," said UFC president Dana White. "No doubt about it. The fight between he and Condit tonight was so sick."

Immediately after Hendricks' win, reigning champion Georges St.-Pierre defended his title for the eighth consecutive time with a unanimous decision over Nick Diaz.

St.-Pierre (24-2), who congratulated Hendricks at the news conference, expressed interest in the fight.

"I know he won the fight and I think he deserves a title shot right now," St.-Pierre said. "He's earned it. He's a very, very tough guy."

The only potential hurdle would be a long-proposed superfight between St.-Pierre and middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Silva (33-4) holds the UFC record for title defenses with 10 and is widely considered the best fighter in the world.

Silva is scheduled to defend his 185-pound title against Chris Weidman in July. St.-Pierre also indicated he's interested in challenging Silva but isn't counting out the Brazilian's next opponent.

"Everybody asks me about this fight with Anderson," St.-Pierre said. "I was just coming from injury [in my last fight]. Now, I'm happy. I've taken two fights in my division.

"I know Johny has waited for a long time. He deserves the fight. Anderson is fighting Chris Weidman. Don't count him beaten. I know the odds are not in his favor, but he could have a surprise. So, it all depends on the outcome."

For now, all signs point to a fight between St.-Pierre and Hendricks, a former Division-I All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University.

"I believe I've got better wrestling than him," Hendricks said. "I've done it it since I was 5. I also believe I hit harder than him. That's a proven fact. I'm excited for the opportunity and hopefully I can finish him. That's my goal."