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Johny Hendricks: Jackson-Wink ‘brought the fight back out of me’

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Johny Hendricks is so far satisfied with his decision to move his camp to the Jackson-Winkeljohn Academy in Albuquerque.

Save for his win over Hector Lombard in his middleweight debut last February, Johny Hendricks’s recent UFC run has not been a good one. Hoping to get himself back on track, the former UFC welterweight champion decided to move his current camp to the renowned Jackson-Winkeljohn Academy in Albuquerque.

Hendricks has been associated with coach Steven Wright for a long time, and it did give him a fair amount of success. But now that he is training with some of the most decorated trainers and fighters in the game, he already feels some positive changes.

“One thing that Jackson has done for me, it’s something that I haven’t done in a very long time, is fight back,” Hendricks told Submission Radio. “You know, had to bite down on my mouthpiece and fight back. And I got that, I’m getting that in New Mexico, at Jackson/Wink’s. That’s one thing that I can say they’re doing, they’re bringing it back out of me. And that’s really what’s important for me is to get that back.”

Hendricks feels more than satisfied to be pushed by his training partners, but the one other issue that has plagued him for a while now is his weight. This time, he says he is making some changes.

“I’ve been working with the UFC nutritionist,” Hendricks said. “So I’m working with people, I’m working with them. My weight, I’m gonna try to hit under 200 pounds this week and then I’ll be three weeks out from weigh-ins. By the time I get there my goal is to be right around 195 pounds, so he has an easy time with me. And those are all easy things to do. I’ve been eating a lot, I’ve doing a lot of things differently, been running more, you know, things that I’m not relying on other people about.”

“Even though I’m working with the UFC on the nutrition side, I’m really on my own in a theory because I’m making sure that I do it. I’ve relied on other people and it’s time for me to say, ‘hey, now if I miss weight it’s because of me.’”

Hendricks is currently slated to face Paulo Borrachinha at UFC 217 on November 4th in New York City.

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