Johny Hendricks is the former UFC welterweight champion, but heading into his next fight at UFC 207 he is considering retirement if he suffers another loss.
“Bigg Rigg” is set to face Neil Magny at the big year-end event. He enters the bout in the worst rut of his career, going 1-3 in his last four with his last two being consecutive defeats.
“The last two I have lost, fair and square, I know I have,” Hendricks told ESPN’s Five Rounds podcast (transcription via MMA Mania). “Realistically, if I go out there — and hey, crazier things have happened — I go out there and lose, that’s when it’s time to say ‘I’m done.’ I’m not gonna keep fighting to hopefully find a person I can beat.”
Hendricks attributes his lackluster performances to not training to his fullest potential and not being in the right mindset like he was when he got to and won the welterweight title.
After losing the title at UFC 181 to Robbie Lawler, Hendricks bounced back and defeated Matt Brown via unanimous decision at UFC 185.
At UFC Fight Night 82, he was matched up against Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Thompson, in the breakout performance of his career, dominated Hendricks. In an upset victory, Thompson became the first man to finish Hendricks in his professional career, getting the TKO in Round 1.
Hendricks followed that up by fighting Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200. In a much closer bout than the matchup with Thompson, Hendricks still came out short in the end, dropping a unanimous decision.
He faces a tough welterweight in Magny who, despite coming off a loss himself, has spent the last couple years fighting and winning often as he appears to have hit his stride.