Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks made headlines recently for a botched weight cut ahead of UFC 192 that left him in the hospital with a kidney stone and intestinal blockage.
The weight cut was enough for many fans to call for Hendricks to move up to middleweight, however given that Hendricks would be outsized by nearly every fighter in the middleweight division, he was noncommittal when discussing the possibility.
Hendricks now says that he is willing to seek help from a nutritionist to avoid another weight-cutting disaster.
He spoke on The MMA Hour.
“I’m always open for it, because I don’t know everything, obviously. I thought I improved on that, but I failed. And it’s because of my missed calculations. But I want to get back to being the best, where I don’t have to … worry about the weight cut.”
Hendricks plans to do a test weight cut to 180 to see how easily he can get within 10 pounds of the welterweight limit.
“If I hit 180 and everything is doing great, then that’s whenever I talk to Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta),” Hendricks said. “That’s when I call them and say, ‘hey, let’s book a fight,’ because I want to get back in there. I want to train, I want to fight, and I just want to make sure that it’s going to be healthy for my body.
“And let’s say that I hit 180 and I go through the same thing? Well, then I understand, ‘okay, is my body sort of tired of making 170?’ [The answer to] that, I don’t know just yet, until I do this mini weight cut and see how my body reacts. Hopefully it reacts good, because then I can continue my welterweight run.”
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