Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is still sore over the fact that matchmakers passed him over for a 170-pound title shot -- despite being ranked No. 1 in the world -- for a lesser-ranked fighter who is just 2-3 over his last five.
That's probably why "Bigg Rigg" is looking to make a statement when he fights Tyron Woodley (who also holds a win over Carlos Condit) at the upcoming UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Oct. 3, 2015 inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
From his conversation with Sherdog.
"Don't get me wrong, I say this a lot: You're only as good as your last fight. The only thing is, my last five or six fights have all been top five or better. Carlos Condit came off of a year and he fights No. 12. Thiago Alves is a tough dude, he is, but he's not a top five dude. Guess what? I can go back in there, get another win. I can showcase why I'm No. 1, and why they shouldn't have given a No. 4 ranked [fighter a title shot] over a No. 1 ranked. People [are going] to relearn why they are scared of my hands. My combinations, my kicks, everything's looking good. It's time to focus back on power -- hitting somebody and seeing if they can withstand that punch."
Not many can.
Hendricks (17-3) made a name for himself inside the Octagon by registering bone-crushing knockout wins over some of the division's top talents. In addition to burying Jon Fitch at UFC 141, he toe-tagged Martin Kampmann at UFC 154, which led to his first title shot.
And as it stands, his last finish.