Although Johny Hendricks has last lost three of his last four bouts, and is no longer a top five ranked welterweight, “Bigg Rigg” still believes he can reclaim the 170 title.
Hendricks is preparing to take on Neil Magny this Friday at UFC 207, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The former champ will do so having dropped consecutive bouts to Stephen Thompson and Kelvin Gastelum. As the bout nears, Hendricks is ranked #6 in the UFC’s welterweight division, and Magny is sitting in the #8 spot.
“As of right now I’m not thinking of anything. All I’m thinking about is Neil Magny. I’m finally on that aspect,” Hendricks said. “The belt is always there in the back of my mind, don’t get me wrong. I’m finally doing what got me to the belt in the first place. Saying,’ I don’t care who’s next. All I care about is this person right here.’
“If I go out there and I perform like I need to, the belt will come. If I continue to fight. That’s the kind of attitude that I need to have to get back to where I want to be.”
It’s going to be very interesting to see how Hendricks performs against Magny, who is a very well rounded and durable fighter. If Hendricks can score a big win, however, then a return to the top five is possible. When you consider that Hendricks is just 33, the wrestling game he has and how hard he hits, it would be silly to rule him out as a contender already. But, if he loses to Magny Friday, his climb back to the top will be much, much farther.