Johny Hendricks took a lot of heat last weekend when he came in overweight for his bout with Tim Boestch, but the former champ says a pre-fight illness is why he missed weight again.
On Sunday, Hendricks came in at 188 pounds for the bout, which went down on Sunday in Oklahoma City. Since Hendricks has had trouble making 170 in recent years, which prompted him to move up to middleweight, the news didn’t exactly go over too well.
Well, since the fight, which saw Hendricks stopped in round two, the former welterweight appeared on Submission Radio. During the interview, “Bigg Rigg” reported that he came down with a fever during fight week, and that was behind his issues making 185 (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“…Wednesday something happened and I started running a fever. Thursday, Friday I’m just trying, you know what I mean? I’m like, I’m sitting there going (laughs), ‘Oh my gosh,’ cause what’s crazy is – you know, it’s funny because I love fans, but then again I think they’re the most ill-informed people. And the reason why I say that is because, you know, perfect example, if y’all are feeling sick, what are you gonna do?
“If you are sick, what do you get to do? You get to sort of take a day off, you know what I’m saying? Where it sucks that – cause my family was going through sickness for like three weeks prior to the fight. And I left and I was like, I didn’t get it. I was super excited. I was like, awesome, you know, nothing’s going on. But as soon as you start cutting weight – cause I showed up and I think I was 13 (pounds) over when I showed up. And I drank ten pounds of fluid that day, and the next minute *cuts out*. At that point you’re fighting not only the weight but also the body.
“And I got to where it just, it just sucks because 185’s not that hard to make, but whenever you’re sick, it is. You know, your body’s just not gonna give up anything. And the next thing you know, you’re trying to turn it right around in 48 hours in the fight of your life..”
There you have it. Will this news prompt some of Hendricks’ critics to lay off? Possibly. It is unfortunate to hear that he was dealing with an illness leading up to the bout.
But, at the end of the day, Hendricks has lost four of his last five fights. So, clearly the 33 year-old needs to get some momentum going, and fast, if he hopes to re-establish himself as one of the UFC’s best. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been over three years since Hendricks defeated Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 to become the 170 champ.