Johny Hendricks said venison, otherwise known as deer meat, was the cause of all his weight-cutting concerns at UFC 192 earlier this month.
Ben Askren, Hendricks’ longtime rival from their days of competing in NCAA Division I freestyle wrestling, isn’t buying it. If anything, Askren says, it only reinforces what opinion he’s had for the former UFC welterweight champion.
He told MMAjunkie:
“People are finally getting to see what I’ve known about Johny Hendricks for more than a decade, and that’s just his pathetic excuses. Like, ‘I ate too much deer meat.’ What? You were 26 frickin’ pounds over on [the] Monday [before the fight],” Askren said. “What in the world does deer meat have to do with it?”
In fact, Askren says Hendricks — despite his thick figure — should have no problem making the welterweight limit.
“Johny Hendricks is not a huge 170[-pound fighter]. He makes himself a huge 170[-pound fighter] because he can’t keep himself away from the dinner plate. He was making 165 on a one-hour weigh-in [in college].
“You make the weight and then one hour later you compete, which essentially prevents a lot of people from cutting a lot of water weight, because if you cut a lot of water weight you’re not going to be effective.”
If nothing else, the former Bellator champion, now ONE Championship welterweight titleholder says he doesn’t feel bad for Hendricks — his failure was his own doing. Who he does feel bad for is Hendricks’ opponent, Tyron Woodley.
“For me, it was terrible to see Tyron robbed of an opportunity to show what he has because fighters only get to fight two or three times a year, so when you have one of those opportunities essentially stolen from you, that’s a hard thing to deal with,” he said.