UFC Quick Quote: Accuracy, wrestling background reasons behind Johny Hendricks' punching power

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Are you wondering why UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks hit so insanely hard? "Bigg Rigg" shares the answer in a recent interview with VICE's Fight Land.

"Wrestlers tend to have bigger legs, bigger hips and butt and a stronger back...Combine all those things, and what really makes you throw punches are your legs and your butt. I think that's really where my power comes from, that ability to make those quick hip movements. In wrestling you have to react in seconds, in a blink of an eye. That's the same in fighting: Your hips have got to be able to react on their own. I think that's one reason I can hit so hard. I just let my body take over. I let my eyes see what needs to be seen and I let my body react the way it needs to react...You don't have to hit someone that hard to knock someone out...The way that I hit people, I don't hit them that hard. I hit them 80 percent, just like training. What I do is I really focus on the accuracy part. If you move your head, I still want to be able to hit you. If you lean back, I still want to be able to touch you. I think that's the most important part. No matter what happens, whenever I throw a punch, I at least want to get close enough that they have to respect it."

-- Top-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Johny Hendricks explains his punching power to Fight Land. "Bigg Rigg" believes his storied background as an amateur wrestler provided him with the physical principals needed to become one of the biggest power punchers in mixed martial arts (MMA) today. Hendricks says that when he tries to hit an opponent, he isn't focused on landing powerful shots, but instead being accurate with his strikes in order to score. It just so happens that when he does hit his opponent, the power built up in his legs, hips, butt and back from a lifetime of wrestling training gives him a punch few fighters are able to take on the chin and continue moving forward. Whatever Hendricks is doing clearly works, as the 29-year-old has earned knockout victories in eight of his 15 professional wins as well as producing three ‘Knockout of the Night' winning efforts in the UFC, the most in the history of the organization's welterweight division.

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