Johny Hendricks’ highlight reel contains a couple of vicious KOs, but after going five fights without a stoppage, “Bigg Rigg” says he has the strategy to wreck opponents once more.
The former welterweight champ has rocked some of the men he’s faced in his more recent outings, like Georges St-Pierre, but he hasn’t taken anyone out. The last time Hendricks KO’d an opponent was in 2012, when he crushed Martin Kampmann with his booming left hook.
“I lost track of the wrestling,” Hendricks said. “For example, the great one was Matt Brown. I really focused more on the wrestling, and I really wasn’t thinking I was going to take him down. I just let my body go with what it needed to do and that’s what I’m starting to realize. I’m starting to throw away some technique to get back to the raw power that I used to use.”
“Why did I knock all those people out from the start?” Hendricks asks. “Because they were all scared of my wrestling. Well guess what? Those two work hand-in-hand, and if I can get people to fear my wrestling again, I have a feeling that more knockouts are gonna come.”
Will Hendricks’ takedown attempts deliver a KO win over Thompson at UFC Fight Nigiht 82? We shall see.