Injury Almost Caused Johny Hendricks To Pull Out Of UFC Title Fight
We almost never got to see the enthralling battle between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
Johny Hendricks was on The MMA Hour today, and explained how a week-and-a-half old injury reemerged in the first round of his five round war with Lawler.
“It’s my elbow,” Hendricks told Ariel Helwani. “It happened actually a week-and-a-half before, and it happened in the first round. Whenever I threw a hook, it just spazzed out. I don’t know what happened. I felt my arm pop. We’ll see what happens.”
Most people believed this welterweight championship bout would come down to Hendricks’ takedowns; an ace up his proverbial sleeve, against the hard-hitting Lawler. It seemed that – while the two men were somewhat equal in the stand-up department – Hendricks would be able to control where the fight would go, due to his high-level wrestling and ability to take people down at will.
When the opening bell rang, however, this ended up being quite far from the truth. And while Hendricks praises the toughness of Lawler, he seems to imply that – had his elbow been 100% during the toe-to-toe brawl – the fight could have played out a lot differently.
“It was whenever I tried for takedowns, I could not get it,” Hendricks explained, after being asked if pain from the injury had been a factor in his fight.
Hendricks and his camp even flirted with the idea of pulling out of the fight… but the chance at UFC gold far outweighed any thoughts of making that depressing call to Dana White.
“We thought about it, but that world championship means a lot more,” Hendricks said.
Excellent choice, Johny.