Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Johny Hendricks subjected himself to yet another brutal weight cut prior to his UFC 181 rematch against Robbie Lawler, which left him without the belt last December in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He blames nobody but himself.
That's why he's decided to "man up" and take control of his own destiny, which also means a split from weight-cutting guru Mike Dolce. It also means a move up to middleweight -- or perhaps retirement -- should he fail the scale today in "The Lone Star State."
From his conversation with MMA Fighting:
"Behind the scenes, my wife does everything. On Sundays we do the meal prepping. We're not with Dolce on this one. It's just a mutual thing. I wanted to do it on my own. I learned a lot of stuff from Dolce and I'm using a lot of his stuff that I've learned, the way I prep my food and all that kind of stuff. But everybody's talking about my weight and it's time for me to man up and do it on my own, see what I can do. I love Mike Dolce, I have no bad feelings."
It's not you, it's me.
Hendricks is on a quest to regain the 170-pound title, one that begins this Saturday night (March 14, 2015) in a three-round war against Matt Brown, who also wants to prove he's worthy of a title shot as part of the UFC 185 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Dallas, Texas.
For more on that fight click here.