September 12, 1983 |
Ada, Oklahoma, United States
|Other names||Bigg Rigg|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||69.0 in (175 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Rank||Brazilian Jiu-JitsuBlue belt in|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Oklahoma State University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Johny Hendricks (born September 12, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler. He currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Welterweight division and is the former UFC Welterweight Champion. He is known for his very powerful punches, particularly from the left hand, as well as his extensive wrestling background. As of October 8, 2015, he is #3 ranked welterweight behind the champion Robbie Lawler, as well as #15 pound-for-pound fighter in official UFC rankings.
Hendricks was a 3-time Oklahoma high school wrestling state champion and was a 2 time high school national champion while at Edmond Memorial High School. His final high school record was 101–5.
Hendricks would go on to attend college at Oklahoma State University.
After a 10–0 redshirt season in 2003, Hendricks finished 5th in the nation at 157 pounds in 2004, while compiling a 37–7 record. Hendricks moved up to 165 pounds for the next 3 seasons. He won the 2005 and 2006 Big 12 title and the NCAA Division I national championship. He was 27–4 in 2005, and 29–1 in 2006.
Going into the 2007 national championships final match, Hendricks had a record of 56–0 for the season, and had won his 3rd straight Big 12 title along the way.  He suffered an upset loss to Mark Perry from the University of Iowa, and finished 2nd in the nation.
The 4-time All-American for OSU finished with a college record of 159–13. Only 7 months after his last match, Hendricks would go on to have his first career MMA fight.
Mixed martial arts career
After graduating from OSU in 2007, Hendricks moved to Las Vegas and signed with Team Takedown, along with two other former OSU wrestlers, Shane Roller and Jake Rosholt. This elite fighter management team funds fighters' training and splits his profits.
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. Hendricks fought once more in 2007, and defeated Spencer Cowley with a second round TKO (punches) at Snakebite Fight Night held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Hendricks won his television debut on March 15, 2008, with a first round submission D'arce choke victory over Richard Gamble at HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League, also in Tulsa, before signing a multi-fight deal with World Extreme Cagefighting (along with Roller and Rosholt).
While in the WEC, Hendricks won two more fights—a December 2008 TKO over Justin Haskins at WEC 37 (Hendricks' first fight outside of Oklahoma) and a unanimous decision win over Alex Serdyukov at WEC 39, 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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. 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." 
Hendricks was expected to face Paulo Thiago on March 3, 2011, at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann. However, Thiago was forced out of the bout with an elbow injury. Instead, Hendricks fought TJ Waldburger on March 26, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 24, replacing an injured Dennis Hallman. Hendricks won via first round TKO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.
Hendricks fought longtime #2 Welterweight Jon Fitch on December 30, 2011, at UFC 141. Hendricks became the first man to finish Fitch in the UFC, winning via knockout just 12 seconds into the first round. The performance also earned Knockout of the Night honors.
Hendricks faced Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012, at UFC 154. 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. 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. Hendricks won a unanimous decision and both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.
Having earned his title shot, Hendricks faced Georges St-Pierre on November 16, 2013, at UFC 167 for the UFC Welterweight title. 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. 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. Despite the controversy, the bout did earn him his second Fight of the Night honors in the UFC.
On December 13, 2013, news came that Georges St-Pierre would be taking an indefinite break from MMA and vacating his belt. 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. Hendricks won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision. The bout also earned him his third consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award.
Hendricks underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep that he sustained prior to his fight with Lawler. He returned to training in May 2014.
A rematch with Robbie Lawler took place at UFC 181 on December 6, 2014. After starting strong, Hendricks became slow in the later rounds and ultimately lost the fight, and the title, via a split decision.
Hendricks faced Matt Brown on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185. While Brown had a limited amount of success on the feet, Hendricks was successful on nine of ten takedown attempts and neutralized his attacks. Hendricks won the fight via unanimous decision.
Hendricks was expected to face Tyron Woodley on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192. However, the bout was scrapped prior to the weigh-ins due to an intestinal blockage and kidney stone attack suffered by Hendricks during the weight cut.
Hendricks and his wife Christina have three children Abri, Adli and Avin. Hendricks has Dutch, German, and Native American Otoe tribe ancestry. He has been sponsored by Reebok since UFC 167.
Championships and achievements
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- NCAA Division I All-American out of Oklahoma State University (2004), (2005), (2006), (2007)
- NCAA Division I 157 lb – 5th place out of Oklahoma State University (2004)
- NCAA Division I 165 lb – Champion out of Oklahoma State University (2005)
- NCAA Division I 165 lb – Champion out of Oklahoma State University (2006)
- NCAA Division I 165 lb – Runner-up out of Oklahoma State University (2007)
- Big 12 Conference Championship out of Oklahoma State University (2005), (2006), (2007)
- USA Junior Freestyle Championship
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 2012 Fighter of the Year
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|20 matches||17 wins||3 losses|
|Win||17–3||Matt Brown||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 185||March 14, 2015||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||16–3||Robbie Lawler||Decision (split)||UFC 181||December 6, 2014||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||16–2||Robbie Lawler||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 171||March 15, 2014||5||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States||Won the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship; Fight of the Night. Fight of the Year.|
|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: Torres vs. Tapia||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|
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Title last held byGeorges St-Pierre
|9th UFC Welterweight Champion
March 15, 2014 – December 6, 2014