Despite this past weekend’s weight cutting debacle, Jonny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks (pictured) does not believe he’s too big to continue to compete at welterweight.
Hendricks was rushed to the hospital on Thursday night after his body shut down trying to cut to 171 pounds, the maximum allowed in a non-title welterweight affair, for his pivotal shootout against Tyron Woodley at UFC 192.
The former UFC welterweight champ was pulled from the show’s co-main event just hours before Friday’s weigh-ins after failing to receive medical clearance.
Of course, this wasn’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.
Following this latest fiasco, most thought Hendricks would make the decision to move to middleweight before the UFC made it for him. Not so fast, says Hendricks.
On this week’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” it was reported Hendricks wants to give welterweight one more go. The 32-year-old will attempt a “mini cut to 170 pounds” within the next month. If he’s able to do so successfully, then he’ll remain at welterweight.
If not, it’s off to middleweight where he won’t enjoy the same size, strength and power advantage.
After failing to even make it to the scale against Woodley, Hendricks admitted he needed to trim his body fat substantially if he wanted to stay at welterweight for a chance to reclaim his throne.
Hendricks’ decision to try and stay at welterweight makes sense. Being the division’s third-ranked fighter manes it’s his fastest route to back a championship affair. If he relocates to middleweight, who knows how long it will take to work his way into title contention.
I have five words of advise for Johny – Please step away from the buffet table!