Following Johny Hendrick’s loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 181, he said he had a rough weight cut heading in, and if it happens again, the former champ will have a big decision to make.
Hendricks faded as his memorable, December 6th fight with Lawler continued, and in the end, it likely cost him his championship run. The powerful wrestler has been open about the fact that he typically gets up to around 215 between bouts, and doing so before his rematch with Lawler, appears to have cost him big time.
Well, recently Hendricks appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, and the feared slugger relayed he’s doing things differently this time around. Here is some of what “Bigg Rigg” had to say about his new approach, and his weight cutting issues (quotes via Bloody Elbow.com):
“It’s been half my fault. I can’t do that weight cut. I can’t balloon up to 218 and think that [Mike] Dolce can get me down to weight. That’s where I’m taking the responsibility. I’m walking around at ’95, and I’m getting my muscle mass back, I’m looking to get my body weight back.”
“If it does, than yes,” Hendricks furthered, while discussing what he’d do if he incurs another bad weight cut. “I’ll have to be 185 or be done. I don’t think my body can handle another one like that.”
The 31 year-old proceeded to add that because he’s been staying in better shape, he feels more energetic and explosive. That will come in handy when Hendricks takes on Matt Brown at UFC 185, which will go down in Dallas, Texas on March 14th.
If you missed it, the UFC has announced that Hendricks-Brown is next, rather than Lawler-Hendricks III. According to reports, the newly crowned champion wants to take a bit of a break, after having a four fight, 2014 campaign.
Hendricks, on the other hand, apparently wants to stay busy, so a fight with Brown was booked. The latter was scheduled to fight Tarec Saffiedine on February 14th, but the former Strikeforce champ had to withdraw due to injury.