It wasn’t that long ago when Johny Hendricks was considered to be one of the best, P4P fighters in the sport, much less one of the top welterweights. But, following back-to-back defeats, “Bigg Rigg” admits it’s time to re-evaluate some things…
Hendricks took on Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200 on Saturday night, and lost the fight via unanimous decision. Although Hendricks didn’t get battered around the Octagon, it was his second straight loss and the third in his last four fights.
While speaking to the UFC’s Megan Olivi afterwards, an extremely disappointed Hendricks had this to say (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I think I’ve got to take a step back and refocus,” Hendricks said. “It might be a month, two months, three months (to) – hell, I don’t know – decide if I want to fight. I love fighting. To get in that octagon makes me so happy, but to perform like that …
“I’m an idiot in that fight, is what it really boils down to. I’m an idiot in that fight … and I go out there and look like (expletive). Do I still want to fight? Because that fight right there shows me that I don’t – but I do. What do I have to do to get that fire back? I don’t know. It’s disappointing when I know I could’ve won, I should’ve won, and I go out there and look like a pathetic newborn. … We’ll see what’s next.”
Hendricks clearly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to self evaluation huh? Now, Gastelum is a very tough dude, no question, but Hendricks isn’t the only person who is questioning where his career’s at right now. Not to mention, Hendricks also missed weight (by a bit) for the bout, after just last October, a fight with Tyron Woodley was scrapped due to weight cutting issues.
Since Hendricks is only 32, it would be silly to close the book on him making another title run. But, it does seem like he needs some time to figure out what’s next, and what changes need to be made.