For Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks, UFC 192 in Houston is about more than having another chance to fight in front of friends and family on a big stage. For “Bigg Rigg,” being a part of the co-main event is simply about beating another welterweight contender to move one step closer to regaining the belt he lost last December.
“I want that belt back, I want it back I want to shock the world I want to make my own legacy,” Hendricks told Today’s Knockout. “I mean I think I have done it but, now it’s about time to do it with a belt in my hand.”
After losing two razor-thin decisions in two of his last four outings, Hendricks (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) and his team decided to go back to the drawing board to come up with a more versatile attack which should make an impact on the judges should future fights go to the scorecards.
It only takes a few minutes of watching Hendricks train with his striking coach Steve “Warman” Wright to realize “Bigg Rigg” is evolving as a mixed martial artist who will pose huge problems for any welterweight contender who shares the Octagon with him going forward.
For Hendricks to seize his dream of regaining the welterweight belt, his newfound versatile attack must be clicking on all cylinders to beat Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in their matchup this weekend.
“Everybody thought I was just a power guy right,” Hendricks said. “I didn’t really take people down, now guess what? People know I can take them down. That’s a huge threat because when I first got in the UFC I was knocking everybody out, because they thought I was going to take them down they didn’t think I was going go in there and punch as hard as I could right. So now people are going to fear my wrestling. I have to get that back.”