Fans and analysts alike may have found themselves relatively upset to find out Johny Hendricks would no longer be taking part in his No. 1 contender fight with Tyron Woodley at UFC 192 the morning before weigh-ins.
It was upsetting to most, sure; but Hendricks says people aren’t giving him a fair shake in all of this, especially considering all that he lost by having his body shut down last minute.
“What people don’t realize is I just threw away three months of training,” Hendricks said on The MMA Hour. “That’s what sucks more than anything, because the light at the end of the tunnel is my fight. That’s what I enjoy. That’s what I want to do. Some people might not like the end result, but that’s my pleasure. That’s what gets me through the weight cut and the three months of training.
“But I also know that you have to take a step back and say ‘OK, how’s my body going to handle it?’ Let’s say something crazy [and] I lose that weight and I make it. One body shot is going to bring me down.”
Shortly after announcing he’d no longer be fighting at the Toyota Center in Houston, UFC President Dana White said he no longer considered Hendricks a welterweight. If “Bigg Rigg” was going to step back into the Octagon, White said, he’d have to be competing at 185 pounds.
With a history of difficult weight cuts behind him, most expected Hendricks to comply. But he’s not ready to commit just yet, not when he thinks he’s pinpointed on the biggest mistake he made leading up to his canceled bout.
“You worked so hard to showcase what you have and all of a sudden, the diet that we were on backfires, which sucks,” Hendricks said. “But I’ve learned. After this we did a lot of research and I was eating a lot of deer meat, a lot of high animal protein, which is a leading cause of kidney stones.”
Hendricks is currently dealing with the aftermath of his weight-cutting troubles from a few weeks back. Awaiting to pass a kidney stone currently lodged into his innards, Hendricks is not fit to compete.