Officially, Johny Hendricks has two defeats n his last five fights, but it’s clear the former welterweight champ doesn’t understand why he was handed those decision losses.
Of course, the first of those defeats came in November, 2013, when Hendricks lost by split decision to Georges St-Pierre. Some people had GSP winning that fight, including two judges, but a lot of folks though Hendricks won the welterweight crown that night.
“Bigg Rigg” went on to decision Robbie Lawler for the vacant title a few months later, but last December, he lost the title to “Ruthless” via another split decision. While there seemed to be less outcry from fans about that decision, there were certainly plenty of people who believed Hendricks did enough to remain champ.
Well, Hendricks is scheduled to fight Tyron Woodley this Saturday at UFC 192, in what is likely a title shot eliminator. The decorated wrestler recently spoke to MMA Junkie.com, and while doing so, he had this to say about judging…
“Now, you’re looking at, as a fighter, not only do you have to win the fight, you have to beat your opponent in judging as well. You’ve got to sit there and say, ‘What do they like to see? Whenever I rewatch those fights, it’s hard for me to even sit there and say, ‘What do they like?’ Because is it punches missing? Is that what I need to be doing? Is it not trying for a takedown? What would help me win these fights that I’ve lost? As of right now, I can’t figure it out.”
Hendricks isn’t the only one. That’s for sure. It will be interesting to see whether the judges are called on to determine who is the winner of Hendricks-Woodley.
UFC 192 will go down at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.