Johny Hendricks

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Johny Hendricks
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Born (1983-09-12) September 12, 1983 (age 31)
Ada, Oklahoma, United States
Other names Bigg Rigg[1]
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Reach 69.0 in (175 cm)[2]
Style Wrestling, Boxing, Kickboxing
Stance Southpaw
Team Team Takedown[3]
Rank      Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active 2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 16
By knockout 8
By submission 1
By decision 7
Losses 2
By decision 2
University Oklahoma State University
Website Hendricks bio
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 20, 2012

Johny Hendricks (born September 12, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler. He is the current UFC Welterweight Champion. He is known for his very powerful punches, particularly from the left hand, as well as his extensive wrestling background.[5] As of March 10, 2014, he is #9 pound-for-pound in official UFC rankings.[6]

Early life[edit]

Hendricks was a three-time Oklahoma high school wrestling state champion and the 160-pound high school national champion at Edmond Memorial High School.

While competing for Oklahoma State University, Hendricks won the 2005 and 2006[7] NCAA Division I wrestling title at 165 pounds, and finished second in 2007[8] to Mark Perry from the University of Iowa. The loss to Perry was Hendricks' only one during his senior year at OSU, and also his first loss in 56 matches.[9]

In addition to his two national championships, Hendricks was a 4-time All-American at OSU and a three-time Big 12 Conference champion (2005, 2006 & 2007).[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After graduating from OSU in 2007, Hendricks moved to Las Vegas and signed with Team Takedown,[7] along with two other former OSU wrestlers, Shane Roller and Jake Rosholt. This elite fighter management team funds fighters' training and splits his profits.[10]

Hendricks began training for an MMA career and made his professional MMA debut on September 28, 2007, in which he scored a third round TKO victory over Victor Ratcliff at Masters of the Cage 16 held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[11] Hendricks fought once more in 2007, and defeated Spencer Cowley with a second round TKO (punches) at Snakebite Fight Night held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[12][13]

Hendricks won his television debut on March 15, 2008, with a first round submission (brabo choke) victory over Richard Gamble at HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League,[14] also in Tulsa, before signing a multi-fight deal with World Extreme Cagefighting (along with Roller and Rosholt).[15]

While in the WEC, Hendricks won two more fights—a December 2008 TKO over Justin Haskins at WEC 37[16] (Hendricks' first fight outside of Oklahoma) and a unanimous decision win over Alex Serdyukov at WEC 39,[17] which was the last 170-pound bout in WEC history due to the company's decision to dissolve its welterweight division and focus on lighter weight fighters.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

With the WEC eliminating his weight class, Hendricks had to find another place to fight and signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In May 2009, it was announced that Hendricks would be making his UFC debut against Ultimate Fighter 7 champion Amir Sadollah at UFC 101 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 8, 2009.[18] In the opening seconds of the first round, Hendricks blocked a high head kick from Sadollah and countered with an uppercut knocking Sadollah to his knees. Hendricks continued to land punches until referee Dan Miragliotta pulled him off and ended the fight 29 seconds into the first round. Some people criticized Miragliotta for stopping the fight too early, as Sadollah seemed to be trying to get up, but Miragliotta defended his stoppage saying Sadollah was "out of it" and "still looked glassy eyed and asked me what happened." [19]

Hendricks won a unanimous decision over newcomer Ricardo Funch on December 12, 2009, at UFC 107.

He defeated TJ Grant at UFC 113 via majority decision, improving his record to 3-0 in the UFC.

Hendricks next faced Charlie Brenneman on August 7, 2010, at UFC 117.[20] Hendricks defeated him via TKO (punches) after 40 seconds of the second round.

Hendricks fought Rick Story on December 4, 2010, at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.[21] Hendricks lost via unanimous decision.

Hendricks was expected to face Paulo Thiago on March 3, 2011, at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[22] However, Thiago was forced out of the bout with an elbow injury.[23] Instead, Hendricks fought TJ Waldburger on March 26, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 24, replacing an injured Dennis Hallman.[24] Hendricks won via first round TKO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.

Hendricks faced Mike Pierce on August 6, 2011, at UFC 133.[25] Hendricks won by split decision.

Hendricks fought longtime #2 Welterweight Jon Fitch on December 30, 2011, at UFC 141.[26] Hendricks became the first man to finish Fitch in the UFC, winning via one punch KO just 12 seconds into the first round. The performance also earned Knockout of the Night honors.

Hendricks next faced Josh Koscheck on May 5, 2012, in the co-main event at UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller.[27] He won the fight via split decision.

Hendricks faced Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012, at UFC 154.[28] Hendricks won the fight via KO at 46 seconds into the first round, earning Knockout of the Night honors for his performance.

Hendricks was expected to face Jake Ellenberger on March 16, 2013, at UFC 158.[29] However, Hendricks was pulled from the Ellenberger bout in favor of a matchup with Carlos Condit at the event after Condit's original opponent Rory MacDonald, pulled out of the bout with an injury.[30] Hendricks won a unanimous decision win and both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.[31]

Having earned his title shot, Hendricks faced Georges St-Pierre on November 16, 2013, at UFC 167 for the UFC Welterweight title.[32] He lost the fight via a controversial split decision, a loss that UFC president Dana White felt was unwarranted as he publicly stated he believed Hendricks won the fight.[33] In addition, the site MMADecisions.com reported that every one of the sixteen MMA media members whose scores they collect declared the fight a decision victory for Hendricks.[34] Despite the controversy, the bout did earn him his second Fight of the Night honors in the UFC.[35]

On December 13, 2013, news came that Georges St-Pierre would be taking an indefinite break from MMA and vacating his belt.[36] Following this report, Dana White announced that Hendricks would be facing Robbie Lawler on March 15, 2014, at UFC 171 for the vacant UFC Welterweight title.[37] Hendricks won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision. The bout also earned him his third consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award.[38]

Hendricks underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep that he sustained prior to his fight with Lawler. He returned to training in May 2014.[39]

A rematch with Lawler is expected to take place next, likely in early 2015.[40]

Personal life[edit]

Hendricks and his wife Christina[41] have three children Abri, Adli and Avin

Hendricks has Dutch and German ancestry and is also an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria tribe of Oklahoma .[42]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

  • USA Junior Freestyle Championship[44]
    • USA Junior Freestyle Championship 165 1b - Winner out of Oklahoma (2001)[44]
    • USA Junior Freestyle Championship 165 1b - Winner out of Oklahoma (2002)[44]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • MMAValor.com
    • 2012 Fighter of the Year[46]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 16–2 Robbie Lawler Decision (unanimous) UFC 171 March 15, 2014 5 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States Won the UFC Welterweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Loss 15–2 Georges St-Pierre Decision (split) UFC 167 November 16, 2013 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For the UFC Welterweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win 15–1 Carlos Condit Decision (unanimous) UFC 158 March 16, 2013 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada UFC Welterweight title eliminator; Fight of the Night.
Win 14–1 Martin Kampmann KO (punch) UFC 154 November 17, 2012 1 0:46 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Knockout of the Night.
Win 13–1 Josh Koscheck Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 3 5:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 12–1 Jon Fitch KO (punch) UFC 141 December 30, 2011 1 0:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 11–1 Mike Pierce Decision (split) UFC 133 August 6, 2011 3 5:00 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 10–1 TJ Waldburger TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis March 26, 2011 1 1:35 Seattle, Washington, United States Knockout of the Night.
Loss 9–1 Rick Story Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Charlie Brenneman TKO (punches) UFC 117 August 7, 2010 2 0:40 Oakland, California, United States
Win 8–0 TJ Grant Decision (majority) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 7–0 Ricardo Funch Decision (unanimous) UFC 107 December 12, 2009 3 5:00 Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win 6–0 Amir Sadollah TKO (punches) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 1 0:29 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 5–0 Alex Serdyukov Decision (unanimous) WEC 39 March 1, 2009 3 5:00 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 4–0 Justin Haskins TKO (punches) WEC 37 December 3, 2008 2 0:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 3–0 Richard Gamble Submission (d'arce choke) Xtreme Fighting League 1 March 15, 2008 1 1:45 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 2–0 Spencer Cowley KO (punches) Shark Fight Night November 16, 2007 2 0:35 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win 1–0 Victor Rackliff TKO (doctor stoppage) Battle of the Cage 16 September 28, 2007 3 1:54 Oklahoma City, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Johny Hendricks - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks Fight Results, Record, History, Videos, Highlights, Pictures, Bio - ESPN". ESPN Mixed Martial Arts. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ http://www.teamtakedownfighters.com/
  4. ^ http://www.bjjee.com/articles/the-secret-to-johny-hendrickss-power-heavy-lifting-grappling-in-a-gi/
  5. ^ http://www.mmamania.com/2012/11/19/3663906/knock-em-dead-ufc-154-winner-johny-hendricks-interview-exclusive-with
  6. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  7. ^ a b c Team TakeDown Fighter Information
  8. ^ 2007 NCAA Wrestling Results
  9. ^ a b "Win Or Lose, History Awaits Hendricks"
  10. ^ Jason Nawara (March 21, 2014). "Johny Hendricks gives 50% of his profits to his financial backers". mmanuts.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ Masters of the Cage 16 Results
  12. ^ Snakebite Fight Night Results
  13. ^ Snakebite Fight Night Results
  14. ^ HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League 1 Results
  15. ^ WEC signs TTD fighters
  16. ^ WEC 37 Results
  17. ^ WEC 39 Results
  18. ^ UFC 101 Card Info
  19. ^ Miragliotta Defends Stoppage
  20. ^ "Brenneman, Hendricks in Works for UFC 117". mmadiehards.com. 2010-05-27. 
  21. ^ "Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks tapped for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale main card". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Thiago targeted for UFC on Versus 3". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Paulo Thiago scratched from UFC on Versus 3, Johny Hendricks in limbo". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
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  27. ^ "Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck added to UFC on FOX 3". mmajunkie.com. February 12, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann official for UFC 154 in Montreal". mmajunkie.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  29. ^ Staff (December 15, 2012). "Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158". mmaweekly.com. 
  30. ^ John Morgan and Steven Marrocco (2013-02-18). "Rory MacDonald scratched from UFC 158, Johny Hendricks now meets Carlos Condit". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
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  32. ^ Staff (2013-06-19). "Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks slotted for Nov. 16, likely as UFC 167". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  33. ^ Staff (2013-11-16). "Dana White believes Johny Hendricks beat Georges St-Pierre, rips Nevada commission". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  34. ^ Staff (2013-11-16). "St-Pierre vs. Hendricks Media Scores". MMAdecisions.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  35. ^ Staff. "UFC 167 bonuses: St-Pierre, Hendricks, Woodley, Cerrone win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  36. ^ "It's official: georges St-Pierre vacating UFC welterweight title". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-13. 
  37. ^ "Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler meet at UFC 171 for the title which he became champion.". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-13. 
  38. ^ Staff (2014-03-16). "UFC 171 bonuses: Hendricks, Lawler, St. Preux, Bermudez win $50,000". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-16. 
  39. ^ Chris Pagliuca (March 19, 2014). "Johny Hendricks Will Undergo Biceps Surgery". mmanuts.com. Retrieved March 19, 2014. 
  40. ^ Brett Okamoto (July 26, 2014). "Robbie Lawler outpoints Matt Brown". http://espn.go.com/. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  41. ^ "Johny Hendricks Family Man!Tom, Abri and Jo". 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
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  46. ^ http://mmavalor.com/2012/12/31/the-mma-valor-2012-year-end-awards/

External links[edit]

Vacant
Title last held by
Georges St-Pierre
9th UFC Welterweight Champion
March 15, 2014 – Present
Current holder