Johny Hendricks used to be the best 170-pound fighter in the world.
Not only did he win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title, “Bigg Rigg” (17-5) was one of the first combatants to land an exclusive Reebok sponsorship prior to promotion’s outfitting deal.
Fast forward a few years and Hendricks, 33, is now trying to climb his way out of an 0-2 hole after dropping three of his last four and plummeting to No. 7 in the official UFC rankings (see them here).
“The last two I have lost, fair and square, I know I have,” Hendricks told ESPN’s Five Rounds podcast. “Realistically, if I go out there — and hey, crazier things have happened — I go out there and lose, that’s when it’s time to say ‘I’m done.’ I’m not gonna keep fighting to hopefully find a person I can beat.”
As of now, that person is Neil Magny.
Their 170-pound tilt goes down at the upcoming UFC 207: “Nunes vs. Rousey” pay-per-view (PPV) event (details), which takes place Sat., Dec. 30, 2016 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And it could be the last time we ever see “Bigg Rigg” inside the Octagon.