Ater finding success as a Middleweight, Johny Hendericks is officially done as a Welterweight fighter.
“I don’t want to see ’70 ever again,” Hendricks said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour via MMA Fighting. “I’m officially done with it.”
Hendricks moved up a weight class after dropping three straight at 185 pounds and a few scale fails, including losing a bout to Kelvin Gastelum, another fighter who recently moved up to the division, But, unlike Kelvin, who still plans to go down to 170 pounds, “Bigg Rigg” likes his new division.
“That was probably the easiest weight cut I’ve ever done,” Hendricks said. “I ate all the way up until Friday, I drank all the way up until Friday, and the only reason I didn’t drink Friday is I didn’t want to work it off. ... I was sitting there and I was looking at my coach and I was like “man I gotta be doing something.” Usually I’m having to run, I’m having a lot of work to try to touch down. I’m so used to my body not wanting to give it up where, we’d do the bare minimum and get what we want, so that way I could do more and capitalize on it throughout the week.”
In his first fight since moving up, Hendricks defeated Hector Lombard at UFC 105, snapping his three fight skid. And while he blamed the IV ban on one of the reasons for moving up, Hendricks said that’s one thing he no longer worries about.
Also, the move not only saved his UFC career, but his combat life all around after contemplating walking away from the fight game following his funk.
“The reason why I thought about retirement was because I didn’t know if the UFC would accept me moving to 185,” Hendricks said.
“You put such a legacy at 170 that not just the UFC but the fans, are they going to accept that? Are they going to open their arms and all this kind of stuff. That’s why I wanted to retire, because fighting was not fun. It was 12 weeks of hell and you’re like ‘why am I doing this?’”
“Bigg Rigg” will look to make it two wins in a row for the first time since 2012-2013 when he takes on Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25, 2017 in what will be his first test in the division against a much bigger foe.