When you face Johny Hendricks, not only do you have to worry about going up against a former two-time NCAA Division-1 champion wrestler, you also have to keep a look out for the sneaky powerful hay-makers that can put your lights out in a blink of an eye.
As Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch can attest to, it doesn't take more than one punch from "Bigg Rigg" to have you counting sheep.
The fact that Hendricks can take you down at will or clean your clock if you somehow manage to stuff his takedown attempts, makes him a "nightmare" for anyone in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) welterweight division according to Tyron Woodley, who recently told BJPenn.com going toe-to-toe against Hendricks in the future is something that would be right up his alley.
"Hendricks is a fight I wouldn't mind having in the future. I think he's a nightmare for all those guys because the way he comes forward. He's coming from the southpaw stance with heavy hands and a decent chin and a great wrestling pedigree. He comes in there and throws everything hard. I think guys who can get in close to Condit, hit him inside and put him on his back are the ones who pose a threat. If he can keep Hendricks on the end of his punches and make it a kickboxing match, similar like he did with Diaz, he has a chance to pull it off."
Maybe that's why Johny believes current division champion, Georges St. Pierre, is afraid of him.
Hendricks will next take on former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit at UFC 158 on Mar. 16, 2013, a bout that came to fruition after Rory MacDonald suffered an injury during training which forced him out of his rematch against "The Natural Born Killer."
Should "Bigg Rigg" defeat Condit in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, he is a definite shoe-in to get next crack at the division title against the winner of the Nick Diaz vs. St. Pierre fight which will headline the pay-per-view (PPV) event.
As for Woodley, he will next tango with his former Strikeforce colleague Jake Shields when the promotion heads back to Canadian soil at UFC 161 on June 15, 2013 in what will mark the first time UFC holds an event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.