Johny Hendricks used to be king of the 170-pound mountain.
Not only did he win the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title, “Bigg Rigg” (17-5) was one of the first combatants to land an exclusive Reebok sponsorship prior to promotion’s outfitting deal.
Fast forward a few years and Hendricks, 33, is now trying to climb his way out of an 0-2 hole after dropping three of his last four and plummeting to No. 6 in the official UFC rankings (see them here).
But don’t expect him to abandon his pursuit of the welterweight title, according to his conversation with UFC Unfiltered (transcribed by Sherdog):
“I’m fighting one fight at a time finally. Now I can really sit there when somebody goes, ‘Johny what’s next for you?’ S–t, I don’t know. I really don’t know. That takes a lot of pressure off me. As of right now I’m not thinking of anything. All I’m thinking about is Neil Magny. I’m finally on that aspect. The belt is always there in the back of my mind, don’t get me wrong. I’m finally doing what got me to the belt in the first place. Saying,’ I don’t care who’s next. All I care about is this person right here.’ If I go out there and I perform like I need to, the belt will come. If I continue to fight. That’s the kind of attitude that I need to have to get back to where I want to be.”
It won’t be easy.
Hendricks (17-5) will face the venerable Neil Magny this Friday night (Dec. 30, 2016) on the UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) main card, locked and loaded for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
See the full line up here.
Magny (18-5) was slowly but surely climbing his way up the 170-pound ladder — right up until Lorenz Larkin stopped him at UFC 202 back in August. No doubt a win over a tough out like Hendricks will get him right back into the title hunt.
Interesting match up … who ya’ got?
Source:: mma mania