It remains to be seen what unfolds in the career of Johny Hendricks, following his disastrous weight cut last week, but his former coach Mike Dolce has some ideas on what “Bigg Rigg” needs to.
Hendricks was supposed to fight Tyron Woodley last weekend at UFC 192, but encountered some serious issues while making weight, and had to pull out of the fight. It was a huge setback for Hendricks, considering he’s been campaigning for a title shot all year, and likely would have locked up one, if he beat Woodley.
It also was a huge deal since the welterweight bout was to be featured on the main card, and afterwards, Dana White said as as far as he’s concerned, Hendricks is now a “middleweight.”
Hendricks has had trouble making 170 in the past, which is part of the reason he’s used the services of the nutritionist Dolce. The former champ has also admitted in recent months that he can no longer put on a lot of weight in between fights.
Well, Dolce recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while doing so, he was asked about Hendricks’ weight. Here is some of what he had to say about the issue, as well as the idea Hendricks needs to move to 185 (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I wouldn’t say that first, simply because Johny is 5’8, 5’9 on his best day,” Dolce said. “At 185, he’s fighting [Luke] Rockhold and [Chris] Weidman. That’s much more dangerous, getting hit in the head by Chris Weidman, I think, than Johny taking six months and truly dedicating himself to living a healthy lifestyle.
“This is more important than sport,” Dolce added, before referring to the fact that Hendricks needs to keep his weight down in between fights. “It’s more important than Johny Hendricks’ career. Johny has a much longer life to live after this sport and he needs to do the things that are in his best interest and the best interest of his health. And that’s getting his lifestyle in order. He needs to start cleaning up his diet, his lifestyle and living a much healthier existence. Then, he can think about fighting at 170 again.”
It will be interesting to see what goes down. While Hendricks and his team might argue the fighter has been staying in better shape in between camps, it is hard to picture him competing at 185.