Johny Hendricks

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Johny Hendricks
Jhendricks.png
Born(1983-09-12) September 12, 1983 (age 30)
Ada, Oklahoma, United States
Other namesBigg Rigg
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach71.0 in (180 cm)
StyleWrestling, Boxing, Kickboxing
StanceSouthpaw
TeamTeam Takedown[1]
RankNCAA Division I
Years active2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins15
By knockout8
By submission1
By decision6
Losses2
By decision2
UniversityOklahoma State University
WebsiteHendricks bio
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 20, 2012
 
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Johny Hendricks
Jhendricks.png
Born(1983-09-12) September 12, 1983 (age 30)
Ada, Oklahoma, United States
Other namesBigg Rigg
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach71.0 in (180 cm)
StyleWrestling, Boxing, Kickboxing
StanceSouthpaw
TeamTeam Takedown[1]
RankNCAA Division I
Years active2007-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins15
By knockout8
By submission1
By decision6
Losses2
By decision2
UniversityOklahoma State University
WebsiteHendricks bio
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: July 20, 2012

Johny Harvey Hendricks (born September 12, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler. He currently fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's Welterweight division. He is known for his very powerful punches, particularly from the left hand, as well as his extensive wrestling background.[2] As of March 10, 2014, he is #1 in official UFC welterweight rankings and #9 pound-for-pound.[3]

Wrestling career[edit]

Hendricks was originally a 3 time Oklahoma High School Wrestling State Champion, representing Edmond Memorial High School, and was given a scholarship for wrestling. While competing for Oklahoma State University, Hendricks won the 2005 and 2006[4] NCAA Division I wrestling title at 165-pounds, and he finished second in 2007[5] to Mark Perry from the University of Iowa. The loss to Perry was Hendricks' only one during his senior year at OSU, and also his first loss in 56 matches.[6]

In addition to his two national championships, Hendricks was a 4-time All-American at OSU and a three-time Big 12 Conference champion (2005, 2006 & 2007).[4] During his high school wrestling career at Edmond Memorial High School, Hendricks won three state titles and the 160-pound high school national championship.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After graduating from OSU in 2007, Hendricks moved to Las Vegas and signed with Team Takedown,[4] along with two other former OSU wrestlers, Shane Roller and Jake Rosholt. Hendricks began training for an MMA career and made his professional MMA debut on September 28, 2007, in which he scored a third round TKO victory over Victor Ratcliff at Masters of the Cage 16 held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.[7] Hendricks fought once more in 2007, and defeated Spencer Cowley with a second round TKO (punches) at Snakebite Fight Night held in Tulsa, Oklahoma.[8][9]

Hendricks won his television debut on March 15, 2008 with a first round submission (brabo choke) victory over Richard Gamble at HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League,[10] also in Tulsa, before signing a multi-fight deal with World Extreme Cagefighting (along with Roller and Rosholt).[11]

While in the WEC, Hendricks won two more fights—a December 2008 TKO over Justin Haskins at WEC 37[12] (Hendricks' first fight outside of Oklahoma) and a unanimous decision win over Alex Serdyukov at WEC 39,[13] which was the last 170-pound bout in WEC history due to the company's decision to dissolve its welterweight division and focus on lighter weight fighters.[6]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

With the WEC eliminating his weight class, Hendricks had to find another place to fight and signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In May 2009, it was announced that Hendricks would be making his UFC debut against Ultimate Fighter 7 champion Amir Sadollah at UFC 101 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 8, 2009.[14] In the opening seconds of the first round, Hendricks blocked a high head kick from Sadollah and countered with an uppercut knocking Sadollah to his knees. Hendricks continued to land punches until referee Dan Miragliotta pulled him off and ended the fight 29 seconds into the first round. After beating Sadollah, he jumped up and ran across the cage with a huge smile on his face, earning him the unofficial nickname "Happy Beard Guy" among fight fans. Some people criticized Miragliotta for stopping the fight too early, as Sadollah seemed to be trying to get up, but Miragliotta defended his stoppage saying Sadollah was "out of it" and "still looked glassy eyed and asked me what happened." [15]

Hendricks won a unanimous decision over newcomer Ricardo Funch on December 12, 2009 at UFC 107.

He defeated TJ Grant at UFC 113 via majority decision, improving his record to 3-0 in the UFC.

Hendricks next faced Charlie Brenneman on August 7, 2010 at UFC 117.[16] Hendricks defeated him via TKO (punches) after 40 seconds of the second round.

Hendricks fought Rick Story on December 4, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale.[17] Hendricks lost via unanimous decision.

Hendricks was expected to face Paulo Thiago on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann.[18] However, Thiago was forced out of the bout with an elbow injury.[19] Instead, Hendricks fought TJ Waldburger on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24, replacing an injured Dennis Hallman.[20] Hendricks won via first round TKO, earning Knockout of the Night honors.

Hendricks faced Mike Pierce on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[21] Hendricks won by split decision.

Hendricks fought longtime #2 Welterweight Jon Fitch on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[22] Hendricks became the first man to finish Fitch in the UFC, winning via one punch KO just 12 seconds into the first round. The performance also earned Knockout Of The Night honors.

Hendricks next faced Josh Koscheck on May 5, 2012 in the co-main event at UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller.[23] He won the fight via split decision.

Hendricks faced Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012 at UFC 154.[24] Hendricks won the fight via KO at 46 seconds into the first round, earning Knockout of the Night honors for his performance.

Hendricks was expected to face Jake Ellenberger on March 16, 2013 at UFC 158.[25] However, Hendricks was pulled from the Ellenberger bout in favor of a matchup with Carlos Condit at the event after Condit's original opponent Rory MacDonald, pulled out of the bout with an injury.[26] Hendricks won a unanimous decision win and both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.[27]

Having earned his title shot, Hendricks faced Georges St-Pierre on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167 for the UFC Welterweight title.[28] He lost the fight via a controversial split decision, a loss that UFC president Dana White felt was unwarranted as he publicly stated he believed Hendricks won the fight.[29] In addition, the site MMADecisions.com reported that every one of the sixteen MMA media members whose scores they collect declared the fight a decision victory for Hendricks.[30] Despite the controversy, the bout did earn him his third Fight of the Night honors.[31]

On December 13, 2013 news came that Georges St-Pierre would be taking an indefinite break from MMA and vacating his belt.[32]
Following this report, Dana White announced that Hendricks would be facing Robbie Lawler on March 15, 2014 at UFC 171 for the vacant UFC Welterweight title.[33]

Personal life[edit]

Hendricks and his wife Christina[34] have a daughter named Abri who was born on October 18, 2009.[35] They have two other daughters as well, aged two and nine months.

Hendricks is of Dutch, German and Native American descent.[36]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Robbie LawlerUFC 171March 15, 2014Dallas, Texas, United StatesFor the vacant UFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss15–2Georges St. PierreDecision (split)UFC 167November 16, 201355:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesFor the UFC Welterweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win15–1Carlos ConditDecision (unanimous)UFC 158March 16, 201335:00Montreal, Quebec, CanadaUFC Welterweight title eliminator; Fight of the Night.
Win14–1Martin KampmannKO (punch)UFC 154November 17, 201210:46Montreal, Quebec, CanadaKnockout of the Night.
Win13–1Josh KoscheckDecision (split)UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. MillerMay 5, 201235:00East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win12–1Jon FitchKO (punch)UFC 141December 30, 201110:12Las Vegas, Nevada, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Win11–1Mike PierceDecision (split)UFC 133August 6, 201135:00Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win10–1TJ WaldburgerTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. DavisMarch 26, 201111:35Seattle, Washington, United StatesKnockout of the Night.
Loss9–1Rick StoryDecision (unanimous)The Ultimate Fighter 12 FinaleDecember 4, 201035:00Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win9–0Charlie BrennemanTKO (punches)UFC 117August 7, 201020:40Oakland, California, United States
Win8–0TJ GrantDecision (majority)UFC 113May 8, 201035:00Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win7–0Ricardo FunchDecision (unanimous)UFC 107December 12, 200935:00Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Win6–0Amir SadollahTKO (punches)UFC 101August 8, 200910:29Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win5–0Alex SerdyukovDecision (unanimous)WEC 39March 1, 200935:00Corpus Christi, Texas, United StatesFight of the Night.
Win4–0Justin HaskinsTKO (punches)WEC 37December 3, 200820:43Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win3–0Richard GambleSubmission (d'arce choke)Xtreme Fighting League 1March 15, 200811:45Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win2–0Spencer CowleyKO (punches)Shark Fight NightNovember 16, 200720:35Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Win1–0Victor RackliffTKO (punches)Battle of the Cage 16September 28, 200731:54Oklahoma City, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.teamtakedownfighters.com/
  2. ^ http://www.mmamania.com/2012/11/19/3663906/knock-em-dead-ufc-154-winner-johny-hendricks-interview-exclusive-with
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ a b c Team TakeDown Fighter Information
  5. ^ 2007 NCAA Wrestling Results
  6. ^ a b "Win Or Lose, History Awaits Hendricks"
  7. ^ Masters of the Cage 16 Results
  8. ^ Snakebite Fight Night Results
  9. ^ Snakebite Fight Night Results
  10. ^ HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League 1 Results
  11. ^ WEC signs TTD fighters
  12. ^ WEC 37 Results
  13. ^ WEC 39 Results
  14. ^ UFC 101 Card Info
  15. ^ Miragliotta Defends Stoppage
  16. ^ "Brenneman, Hendricks in Works for UFC 117". mmadiehards.com. 2010-05-27. 
  17. ^ "Rick Story vs Johny Hendricks tapped for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale main card". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Thiago targeted for UFC on Versus 3". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Paulo Thiago scratched from UFC on Versus 3, Johny Hendricks in limbo". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Hendricks replaces Hallman, faces Waldburger at UFC Fight Night 24". MMAJunkie.com. Retrieved March 5, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Mike Pierce vs. Johny Hendricks targeted for UFC 133 in Philly". mmajnkie.com. April 28, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Jon Fitch to fight Johny Hendricks". espn.go.com. September 12, 2011. 
  23. ^ "Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck added to UFC on FOX 3". mmajunkie.com. February 12, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann official for UFC 154 in Montreal". mmajunkie.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  25. ^ Staff (December 15, 2012). "Johny Hendricks vs. Jake Ellenberger at UFC 158". mmaweekly.com. 
  26. ^ John Morgan and Steven Marrocco (2013-02-18). "Rory MacDonald scratched from UFC 158, Johny Hendricks now meets Carlos Condit". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  27. ^ Jesse Holland (March 17, 2013). "UFC 158 results: Why Johny Hendricks vs. Carlos Condit was more than just 'Fight of the Night'". mmamania.com. 
  28. ^ Staff (2013-06-19). "Georges St-Pierre vs. Johny Hendricks slotted for Nov. 16, likely as UFC 167". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  29. ^ Staff (2013-11-16). "Dana White believes Johny Hendricks beat Georges St-Pierre, rips Nevada commission". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  30. ^ Staff (2013-11-16). "St-Pierre vs. Hendricks Media Scores". MMAdecisions.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  31. ^ Staff. "UFC 167 bonuses: St-Pierre, Hendricks, Woodley, Cerrone win $50,000". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-11-17. 
  32. ^ "It's official: georges St-Pierre vacating UFC welterweight title". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-13. 
  33. ^ "Johny Hendricks vs Robbie Lawler meet at UFC 171 for the title". mmajunkie.com. 2013-12-13. 
  34. ^ "Johny Hendricks Family Man!Tom, Abri and Jo". 2013-03-16. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 
  35. ^ "It's a GIRL! Johny Hendricks and his darling husband Tom are proud new parents!". 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  36. ^ "Rewind: Johny Hendricks". Sherdog. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
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  40. ^ http://mmavalor.com/2012/12/31/the-mma-valor-2012-year-end-awards/

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