May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Johny Hendricks (right) fights Josh Koscheck in a welterweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Johny Hendricks won by split decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
I had a tough training camp, the last two weeks I was battling some mean stuff.... I had bronchitis and then mono [laughs]. Two great ones to have three weeks right before a fight, right? No [I did not consider pulling out of the fight]. Man, I was sitting there, coughing up junk and then I talked to Mark and was like, 'If you're coughing up stuff that means you're getting better. I started coughing up and then all of a sudden my wife comes homes and she's like, 'Ah!' So, I had to go back to the doctor. It was just a hectic week. Like I said, I prayed to God, he helped me so much and I just thank God for him, you know?
-- It's not exactly Tito Ortiz "broken skull" level post-fight excuse but Johny Hendricks tells FUEL TV he was battling some nasty sickness in the weeks leading up to his UFC on Fox 3: "Diaz vs. Miller" co-main event fight against Josh Koscheck last night (Sat., May 5, 2012) in East Rutherford, New Jersey. On top of dealing with bronchitis, Hendricks says he contracted mono but never once considered leaving the UFC stranded by pulling out of the fight. It's a good thing he toughed it out, too, considering he managed to pull out a split decision victory and may have earned himself a shot at the welterweight title whenever Carlos Condit and Georges St. Pierre settle up inside the Octagon. He says he's inclined to rest up and get healthy, which makes sense considering the indefinite medical suspension he was handed down by the New Jersey Athletic Control Board. Anyone think he should be given the next shot at the 170-pound strap? Or should he be fighting the winner of the upcoming Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann fight at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale? Opinions, please.