This time last year, Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks was the reigning UFC welterweight champion preparing to for his first title defense against Robbie Lawler. After losing his belt via split-decision to Lawler, Hendricks finds himself knocking on the doorstep toward getting another shot at the title he craves to regain.
After steamrolling Matt Brown at UFC 185 in March, Hendricks is doing everything in his power to make sure things go his way again in preparation for his No. 1 contender matchup with Tyron Woodley on Oct. 3 at UFC 192 in Houston.
Hendricks said in an exclusive interview with Today’s Knockout:
“It’s been a hard training camp I think we got eight or 10 weeks to train for it. Any training camp is hard I’m not going to lie to you that is what I always tell everybody: It is hard. But if you can get through the training camp the fight is easy. That’s why I want the training camp so hard.”
Hendricks who has had a couple of tough weight cuts during his UFC career, is looking rather chiseled these days after starting camp at 205 pounds and is well on his way to reaching the welterweight limit of 171 pounds next Friday.
Despite the impressive tools Woodley brings to the table, Hendricks returns to the Octagon as the favorite in many people’s eyes to get the next shot at the welterweight belt. Not one to embrace his status as the favorite going in, “Bigg Rigg” knows getting through the talented Woodley won’t be an easy task.
“What Tyron brings to the table is that he is a very good fighter backing up, he’s very explosive, he has wrestling and he has power in his right hand,” Hendricks said. “With that being said, there are things we have been practicing on that hopefully can nullify that. I just can’t make a mistake. I know that sounds very vague but if I make a mistake it could be an early night and that’s what I don’t want. I want to go out there and I want to win, definitely being in Houston and being in Texas, where I’m from now, I definitely want to get another W here and stay undefeated in Texas.”