Johny Hendricks

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Johny Hendricks
Born (1983-09-12) September 12, 1983 (age 33)
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, BJJ,
Fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Team Team Takedown[3]
Rank      Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling[1]
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 17
By knockout 8
By submission 1
By decision 8
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By decision 4
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.[5] He is currently the #8 contender in official UFC welterweight rankings[6] and ranked the #5 welterweight in the world by Sherdog.[7]

Early life[edit]

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[8] 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.[9] 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[edit]

Early career[edit]

After graduating from OSU in 2007, Hendricks moved to Las Vegas and signed with Team Takedown,[8] 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 D'arce 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.[18]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Hendricks fought in the ultimate fighter finale. 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.[19] 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." [20]

Hendricks faced promotional newcomer Ricardo Funch on December 12, 2009, at UFC 107.[21] Hendricks won the fight via unanimous decision.

Hendricks faced TJ Grant on May 8, 2010 at UFC 113.[22] Hendricks won the bout via majority decision, improving his record to 3–0 in the UFC.

Hendricks next faced Charlie Brenneman on August 7, 2010, at UFC 117.[23] Hendricks defeated him via TKO (punches) after 40 seconds of the second round.[24]

Hendricks fought Rick Story on December 4, 2010, at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.[25] Hendricks lost via unanimous decision.[26]

Hendricks was expected to face Paulo Thiago on March 3, 2011, at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[27] However, Thiago was forced out of the bout with an elbow injury.[28] Instead, Hendricks fought TJ Waldburger on March 26, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 24, replacing an injured Dennis Hallman.[29] Hendricks won via first-round TKO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.[30]

Hendricks faced Mike Pierce on August 6, 2011, at UFC 133.[31] Hendricks won by split decision.[32]

Hendricks fought longtime #2 welterweight Jon Fitch on December 30, 2011, at UFC 141.[33] Hendricks became the first man to finish Fitch in the UFC, winning via knockout just 12 seconds into the first round.[34] The performance also earned Knockout of the Night honors.[35]

Hendricks next faced Josh Koscheck on May 5, 2012, in the co-main event at UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller.[36] He won the fight via split decision.

Hendricks faced Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012, at UFC 154.[37] Hendricks won the fight via KO at 46 seconds into the first round, earning Knockout of the Night honors for his performance.[38][39]

Hendricks was expected to face Jake Ellenberger on March 16, 2013, at UFC 158.[40] 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.[41] Hendricks won a unanimous decision and both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.[42]

Having earned his title shot, Hendricks faced Georges St-Pierre on November 16, 2013, at UFC 167 for the UFC Welterweight Championship.[43] 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.[44] 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.[45] Despite the controversy, the bout did earn him his second Fight of the Night honors in the UFC.[46]

On December 13, 2013, news came that Georges St-Pierre would be taking an indefinite break from MMA and vacating his belt.[47] 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 Championship.[48] Hendricks won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision. The bout also earned him his third consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award.[49]

Hendricks underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep that he sustained prior to his fight with Lawler. He returned to training in May 2014.[50]

A rematch with Robbie Lawler took place at UFC 181 on December 6, 2014.[51] After starting strong, Hendricks became slow in the later rounds and ultimately lost the fight, and the title, via a split decision.[52]

Hendricks faced Matt Brown on March 14, 2015 at UFC 185.[53] 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.[54]

Hendricks was expected to face Tyron Woodley on October 3, 2015 at UFC 192.[55] 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.[56]

Hendricks faced Stephen Thompson on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82.[57] Despite being the betting favourite in this encounter, Hendricks had no answer for Thompson's striking and lost the bout via TKO in the first round, marking the first time Hendricks had ever been finished in his MMA career.[58]

Hendricks faced Kelvin Gastelum on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200.[59] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.[60]

Hendricks is expected to face Neil Magny on December 30, 2016 at UFC 207.[61]

Personal life[edit]

Hendricks and his wife Christina[62] have four children Abri, Adli, Avin, and Rigg. Hendricks has Dutch, German, and Native American Otoe tribe ancestry.[63][64] He has been sponsored by Reebok since UFC 167.[65]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

  • USA Junior Freestyle Championship[67]
    • USA Junior Freestyle Championship 165 1b – Winner out of Oklahoma (2001)[67]
    • USA Junior Freestyle Championship 165 1b – Winner out of Oklahoma (2002)[67]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 18–5 Kelvin Gastelum Decision (split) UFC 200 July 9, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 17–4 Stephen Thompson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson February 6, 2016 1 3:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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.
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: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck 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

See also[edit]

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Vacant
Title last held by
Georges St-Pierre
9th UFC Welterweight Champion
March 15, 2014 – December 6, 2014
Succeeded by
Robbie Lawler