Retirement has been a serious subject on Johny Hendricks’ mind as of late, but now the former UFC welterweight champion is talking retirement as a possibility after his next fight even if he picks up the win.
For Hendricks, family takes priority over his career.
“As soon as my wife says, ‘Honey, I want you home more,’ that’s when I’m done,” Hendricks said on MMAjunkie Radio (transcription via MMAjunkie). “Even if I win this fight, (I could retire). We have four kids now, and she needs help, and I get that and I want to be a father in my kids’ life.
“I know for my career this isn’t my last fight – unless my wife says so. I have a feeling I’m going to go out there and show I am going back to the old me. I want to show I do still want to compete in this sport and that I can.”
Hendricks is set to face Neil Magny at UFC 207 on Dec. 30. Hendricks has already said if he loses the bout, he plans to call it a career because it means his mind is just not in it anymore.
“If I don’t win this fight, then obviously it’s not my fighting skills, it’s my willingness to train,” Hendricks said. “That’s sort of where my mindset is. I’m back to training hard and working out hard. But let’s say something does happen and I lose – for one I would be a gate keeper. For two, I don’t want to just fight the fights. It’s a waste to beat yourself up for 12 weeks and go from there. Then I can also put more time into my kids and all that stuff, and that’s really where my head’s been.”