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Friday, 11/22/2013, 09:14 am

Johny Hendricks Blames Hand Wraps For Lack Of Power Against GSP

We’ve seen it over and over again.

When fighters lose a fight – especially a close decision – they start extrapolating every little nuance of the fight. They meticulously comb over every detail, and turn the tiniest deviation from their usual routine into the catalyst of their defeat.

This has turned us cynical, for better or worse. We almost reject any attempt at explaining a loss, immediately seeing it as an excuse. And it’s a practice that’s not always fair to the fighter.

Johny Hendricks is the newest fighter to ask for our consideration and open-mindedness, while he explains one of those tiny deviations that could have possibly cost him the win, at UFC 167…

His hand wraps.

After Dana White scolded him for believing “70% power” would be enough to beat longtime welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Hendricks explained to the Dallas Morning-News that the way in which his hands were wrapped ended up dictating his striking strategy.

” I usually get a thick wrap and this time I didn’t do that. Instead of me asking for a thicker wrap, I kept my mouth shut. It’s my fault. That’s on me. It means I hit hard enough that I can punch through the 4 oz gloves. So that’s what made my hands get bruised. I couldn’t punch as hard as I could (have). The more injured I get, the less I get to use it, the more he gets comfortable, so I had to tone down my power. I was still hurting at 70 percent. Wait till I get a full hand wrap. That only builds confidence, because I beat the pound for pound best fighter in the world. I will be back, and I will be stronger than before.”

Hendricks also admits another possible faux pas: letting GSP get back to his feet in the fourth round.

” Yeah I did let him up. I was beating him everywhere I had him. He wasn’t hurting me on the feet. I did some ground and pound. I showed the world I can do that. I want to win by knockout. I don’t want to be the person who takes him down and is cautious. I want to make fans happy.”

“[My grappling coach], he said, ‘you’re 2-1 and best case scenario 3-0.’ They were giving me round-by round updates. We thought we had it in the bag.”

Turns out there was nothing in that bag, as Hendricks went on to drop a hotly-contested split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47).

 

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104 Comments to Johny Hendricks Blames Hand Wraps For Lack Of Power Against GSP

  1. Thesire says:

    First of all let me say that Hendricks put a beating on gsp and is clearly the winner. With that being said, I believe that gsp exposed Hendricks lack of footwork and boxing skill, gsp just plainly stepped outside Hendricks lead foot, always being away from his power hand. Boxing 101. Didn’t take much when he did connect but I think it was his footwork not Johnny’s lack of power being thrown that kept him alive in the fight, don’t believe me watch fight again. Fitch and kampmann just stood square to take the him where gsp didn’t. My only observation, other than that dudes still a beast. If he tunes up his footwork could be more dominant IMO

  2. drew says:

    all the gsp haters know he got fucked up, HENDRICKS 170 CHAMP! reminds of me of shogun machida but more lop sided, hoping for a quick finish

  3. lol at Hendricks fans says:

    lol Hendricks is delusional… HE LOST ! Fair and square…

    Look at Fight Metrics. The fight was super close. You have to beat the champ to be the champ and Hendricks hardly did that. He can come up with any excuse he wants but that is what happened.

  4. UFC 84 Forever says:

    Hendricks lost now look at the excuses. Bring them on.

  5. Cp says:

    Maybe Johnny should think about wrapping it up next time he is with his boyfriend….

  6. Nick says:

    He needs to stop saying stuff like this. Gustafason didn’t make any excuses, he was just humble and signed for his next fight .

  7. 123 says:

    Next time wrap you’re hands properly, hit him with 100% of you’re power & don’t make any excuses.

  8. tcp030374 says:

    I’m not a fighter, so I can’t claim to know what it’ like in there, but I do know that if I, or anyone that works for me, put 70% into their job, people would be getting fired. I don’t undersatdnd how you get to that level and think you can give 70%, let alone in a fight for the strap with. And he is as much the 170 Champ as Chael Sonnen is the 185 champ. Whether or not we see it that way, he literally lost the fight.

    One more thing maybe a fighter can answer a question for me. Can hand wraps have that much effect on your fighting? I thought that those were regulated by the commission.

  9. Assumed says:

    I find it absolutely laughable how hendricks has blamed almost everyone but himself

    • Guy says:

      “I usually get a thick wrap and this time I didn’t do that. Instead of me asking for a thicker wrap, I kept my mouth shut. It’s my fault. That’s on me.”

      ^^^^^ Kinda says he blames himself. He also had said “I shouldn’t of let it go to the judges” <- again a self blame.

      I want to see the rematch and his "Excuse" isn't really a "woe is me" type deal. It's a valid reason "My handwraps weren't thick enough but i'll fix that in a rematch and I'm glad at 70% I can hurt him this badly"

      If you've never actually fought in a ring or octagon or even sparred with bad handwraps then you won't know how painful it is. Hell I broke my wrist in 3 places because of shoddy hand wrapping in my 3rd fight.

      I won by kneeing the guy but still hurt like a bitch to just jab someone.

  10. 757 says:

    Now we see that he doesn’t have the class to be champion. If he did he wouldn’t make excuses. There is a list a mile long of guys who didn’t get the decision when they should have. They didn’t go out and cry. They didn’t say the guy who wrapped their hands did it in a way to take away power…Wow what a crybaby bitch. He is an awesome fighter but what a crybaby bitch….I’m glad he lost now.

  11. Ddddddddd says:

    Anderson can say I stepped right instead of left and all his groupies come runnin. I think he’s clarifying that’s why he didn’t feel comfortable nuking Goerge not another excuse
    just explaining his first one. Head up Johnny, Georges can’t run fast enough. If your gonna make a million excuses for Anderson being stupid then let Johnny have a couple you hypocrites.

  12. Thesire says:

    Too much anger here so I’m posting this. I saw this comment on bleacher report and lmao “I saw the fight and know for certain that Hendricks was punching at 83.237% and GSP was kicking at 79.444%. Joe Rogan was commentating at 97.326% and Dana White was shit talking at 203.5%. I will have 99.3% of the rest of the stats posted ASAP.”

    • Sasquatch says:

      LMAO.. That’s some funny sh!t right there! In all seriousness though, it’s too bad Johnny’s talking like this. Who in their right mind would throw at 70% when there’s so much riding on the fight, and now he changing his tune and putting the blame on the dude who wrapped his hands. SMH

  13. 757 says:

    GSP most dominant welterweight ever in the company. If Hendricks threw punches at 70% and didn’t win then he is dumb as well as the loser of the fight. He said in the post fight that he did everything right. Now he is saying that his hands were wrapped wrong and he didn’t punch as hard as he can…wtf loser quit crying and take Dddddddd da other loser fans with you

  14. BreadCostume says:

    C’mon man, first it was I was only throwing at 70%, now it’s the handwraps that kept you from the KO. You ran your mouth non stop for like a year to get the title shot, ran your mouth saying all you had to do was touch GSP once and it was over, let the fight go to the judges which is an awful idea in any combat sport and it’s non stop excuses now.

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