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Report: Johny Hendricks crosses over to bareknuckle boxing, fights Brennan Ward on Nov. 9

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Johny Hendricks, retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) earlier this year because he was tired of cutting weight and competing for judges who text during his fights.

He probably won’t have that issue in his next endeavor, as “Bigg Rigg” has crossed over to the world of bareknuckle boxing. First up is former Bellator bruiser Brennan Ward for World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation (WBKFF) on Nov. 9 in Casper, Wyoming.

That’s according to a report from Fight Book MMA, and yes, that’s the same pay-per-view (PPV) event that features Chris Leben vs. Phil Baroni — but not the same promotion that houses Bec Rawlings and Chris Lytle.

Hendricks last competed at UFC 217 in November 2017, where he was promptly smashed by middleweight contender Paulo Costa. As for Ward, he got strangled by Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 182 roughly one year back.

WBKFF 1: “Rise of the Titans” will also air on FITE TV.