With fight night at Oklahoma City one night away the morning weigh ins took place some hours ago and the big news of what should be a formality is Johny Hendricks missing the 186 lb limit by two pounds.
Hendricks’ struggle to make the welterweight limit has been well documented and with the decision to finally move up a weight class this past February followed by an impressive decision victory over Hector Lombard. This is the third time Hendricks has failed to make weight in his UFC career and then there was the time he was pulled from his UFC 192 bout against Tyron Woodley due to a botched weight cut that sent him to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with kidney stones.
Jus days ago Hendricks was vocal on how beneficial the move to middleweight has had in his personal and professional life, but it appears that Hendricks simply isn’t disciplined enough to sustain a healthy lifestyle during the offseason and at 33-years of age some are left wondering if those retirement rumors a year ago will come to fruition sooner than he hoped. With the weigh ins now out of the way, Hendricks has a tall task ahead of him in the form of the always dangerous Tim Boetsch who will be Hendricks’ biggest opponent to date in terms of size. Boetsch is currently unranked in the middleweight division, but he poses a threat via his knockout ability and established chin.
Hendricks on the other hand finally saw his three fight losing streak come to an end in his last outing and while the win was impressive, his latest hiccup on the scale could spell trouble for him on fight night. “Big Rigg” believed he put the media’s questions on weight cutting to bed, but instead he invited them to further question his weight cutting methods and his overall health. This doesn’t bode well for Hendricks in terms of match making as the UFC won’t have much incentive to book him in a fight against a high ranked opponent given his history of trouble getting to fight night.
Win or lose, I don’t think it’s farfetched to expect a retirement speech from Johny “Big Rigg” Hendricks and if that happens the case then let’s try and remember some of the high points of his career such as his rise up the welterweight rankings topped off by his welterweight title victory in 2014.