Apparently, former welterweight champion Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (pictured) was just too big entering UFC 192. On Friday, just hours before tipping the scale for Saturday’s shootout against Tyron Woodley, Hendricks was forced to withdraw from the scrap due to weight cutting complications.
“Hendricks vs Woodley is off the card due to Hendricks weight cut issues,” UFC president Dana White announced via Twitter.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Hendricks has had issues on the scale. It took Hendricks multiple attempts to make 170 pounds ahead of his rematch with champ Robbie Lawler last December at UFC 181.
Hendricks was hoping an impressive win over the ever-dangerous Woodley would propel him right back into title contention. Now one must wonder if White trusts him going forward.
Oddly, this is the second time in as many scheduled fights that Woodley has had to deal with an opponent’s weight cutting drama. Kelvin Gastelum was a whopping 9 pounds over the 171-pound weight limit for a non-title welterweight affair at UFC 183.
Woodley decided to stay in that fight and walked away with a split decision win.
Hendricks and Woodley were slated to co-headline UFC 192. Instead, former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans and Ryan Bader now get second billing.
The flyweight bout between former top contender Joseph Benavidez and Ali Bagautinov was bumped from the prelims to the main card.
No word if Woodley will still be paid his show money if he’s able to make weight by today’s weigh-ins at 5PM ET/2PM PT.
Toyota Center in Houston, Texas hosts UFC 192.
Here is the show’s updated lineup:
(UFC Fight Pass 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)
Sage Northcutt vs. Francisco Trevino
Derrick Lewis vs. Viktor Pesta
Chris Cariaso vs. Sergio Pettis
(Fox Sports 1 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Islam Makhachev vs. Adriano Martins
Rose Namajunas vs. Angela Hill
Alan Jouban vs. Albert Tumenov
Daniel Hooker vs. Yair Rodriguez
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Eye
Joseph Benavidez vs. Ali Bagautinov
Ruslan Magomedov vs. Shawn Jordan
Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Daniel Cormier (UFC light heavyweight champion)