If all goes to plan, Johny Hendricks will finally have UFC gold around his waist in less than two months’ time. He will have climbed the highest peak in professional MMA, obtaining one of the most coveted and hotly-contested belts in the history of the UFC; a belt that hasn’t been around anyone’s waist, save for one certain French-Canadian, in almost six years.
But who wants to settle with just one belt? Well, I can tell you who doesn’t: Johny Hendricks.
Hendricks is one of the most confident fighters in the sport today. He clearly realizes (as any connoisseur of MMA does) that the fight game demands resolute mental toughness out of any fighter who would dream of being successful. In fact, Hendricks is so confident in his abilities to overcome any and all obstacles – or fighters – put before him, that he would like to take a shot at the middleweight strap as well.
Ambitious, isn’t he?
“Yeah, that would be great, wouldn’t it?” Hendricks said to The MMA Hour. “Here’s the thing — what do I fight now? Everybody’s six foot, six-two. There’s no height difference between 185 and 170. Everybody’s a giant.
“Here’s what I was thinking: Who in today’s age is…wanting should I say, definitely in my weight class…wants to go up a weight class and try to have two belts? Two different weight classes? I want to win [the 170-pound belt], defend it, do whatever the UFC wants me to do…hopefully I can get it, defend it a couple of times and say, ‘hey, can I move up to 185?’”
Hendricks reportedly walks around at 220 pounds, so the weight cut would actually be a lot easier for him, if he were to take a shot at the 185-pounders. And when the current middleweight champ, Chris Weidman, was mentioned as being quite the interesting fight for him? Hendricks readily agreed.
“It would, wouldn’t it?” he said. “We’re both wrestlers, both strong people. And if I get six months to really lift weights, and my body just loves weights, I know I can change myself to where 185 would be…not a hard weight cut but a lot easier than making 170.”
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