Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Johny Hendricks had yet another brutal weight cut prior to his UFC 181 rematch against Robbie Lawler, which left him without the belt last month (Dec. 6, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That's what happens when you start camp as a heavyweight.
But "Bigg Rigg" insists those days are over, and promises to be more disciplined in between fights. While he continues to work with famed weight-cutting guru Mike Dolce, the bearded brawler shoulders most of the blame for nearly missing weight in back-to-back fights.
From MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting):
"It was either [change his approach] or retire. That's how bad that weight cut was. It sucks because the last couple fights have been where it's been questionable, and it's been half my fault. I can't do that weight cut. I can't balloon up to 218 and think that [Mike] Dolce can get me down to weight. That's where I'm taking the responsibility. I'm walking around at '95, and I'm getting my muscle mass back, I'm looking to get my body weight back. ... It will also be better for me when I fight, because I'll have my power back, my steam, and you feel like you're hitting hard again. That makes me happy. It will help with my wrestling or anything. I wanted to do things at welterweight. That belt is waiting for me, and I want to get that thing back, and if I do the right thing, I might the right sacrifices, good Lord willing I'll get it back. Let's just say it won't ever happen again. If it does, than yes, I'll have to be 185 or be done. I don't think my body can handle another one like that."
Hendricks said his body "shut down" at UFC 181 following his near-scale fail.
The good news is, he will have a chance to redeem himself and recapture the 170-pound title in the process, as "Hendricks vs. Lawler 3" is being targeted for this spring (sorry, Rory). Both fights have been razor-close decisions in each direction, which begs the question: what will the otucome be if Hendricks is 100 percent?
We'll find out soon enough.