Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Johny Hendricks missed weight (again) for his Tim Boetsch fight at the UFC Fight Night 112 weigh-in event earlier this month (Sat., June 24, 2017) in Oklahoma City (full report here).
Now we know why.
“Bigg Rigg” was sick, according to his conversation with Submission Radio, and likely caught a bug that was traveling around his house. That left his body unresponsive to the tried and true weight-cutting techniques.
"Like Wednesday something happened and I started running a fever. Thursday, Friday I’m just trying, you know what I mean? Where it sucks that – cause my family was going through sickness for like three weeks prior to the fight. And I left and I was like, I didn’t get it. I was super excited. I was like, awesome, you know, nothing’s going on. But as soon as you start cutting weight – cause I showed up and I think I was 13 (pounds) over when I showed up. And I drank ten pounds of fluid that day. At that point you’re fighting not only the weight but also the body. And I got to where it just, it just sucks because 185’s not that hard to make, but whenever you’re sick, it is. You know, your body’s just not gonna give up anything. And the next thing you know, you’re trying to turn it right around in 48 hours in the fight of your life.”
Sounds like fun.
Hendricks went on to lose to “The Barbarian” by technical knockout (video), a performance that left him at 1-1 since abandoning his post at 170 pounds. Where he goes from here remains to be seen, but I can’t imagine another failed weight cut will leave him employed.
Especially considering his previous conversations about retirement.