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Johny Hendricks

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Other names  Bigg Rigg
Style  Wrestling, Boxing
Height  1.75 m
Reach  69.0 in (175 cm)
Weight  77 kg
Division  Welterweight
Role  Mixed Martial Artist
Nationality  American
Name  Johny Hendricks

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Born  September 12, 1983 (age 32) Ada, Oklahoma, United States (1983-09-12)
Fighting out of  Dallas, Texas, United States
Spouse  Christina Hendricks (m. 2009)
Education  Oklahoma State University–Stillwater
Movies  UFC 101: Declaration: Penn vs. Florian
Similar People  Robbie Lawler, Georges St‑Pierre, Tyron Woodley, Carlos Condit, Rory MacDonald

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Johny Harvey Hendricks (born September 12, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler . He currently competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) Middleweight division and is the former UFC Welterweight Champion. He is known for his powerful punches, particularly from his left hand, as well as his extensive wrestling background.


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Early life

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Hendricks was born in Ada, Oklahoma, and is of Dutch, German and Native American descent. He was a three-time Oklahoma high school wrestling state champion and was a two-time high school national champion while at Edmond Memorial High School. His final high school record was 101–5. Hendricks would go on to attend college at Oklahoma State University (OSU).

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After a 10–0 redshirt season in 2003, Hendricks finished 5th in the nation at 157 pounds in 2004, while compiling a 37–7 record. Hendricks moved up to 165 pounds for the next three seasons. He won the 2005 and 2006 Big 12 titles and NCAA Division I national championships. He was 27–4 in 2005 and 29–1 in 2006.

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Going into the 2007 national championships final match, Hendricks had a record of 34–0 for the season and had won his third straight Big 12 title along the way. He suffered an upset loss to Mark Perry from the University of Iowa and finished 2nd in the nation. The four-time All-American for OSU finished with a college record of 159–13.

Early career

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After graduating from OSU in 2007, Hendricks moved to Las Vegas and signed with Team Takedown, along with two other former OSU wrestlers, Shane Roller and Jake Rosholt. This elite fighter management team funds fighters' training and splits his profits. Hendricks would go on to have his first career mixed martial arts (MMA) fight only seven months after his last collegiate wrestling match. He 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. Hendricks fought once more in 2007, defeating Spencer Cowley with a second-round TKO (punches) at Snakebite Fight Night held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hendricks won his television debut on March 15, 2008, with a first round submission D'arce choke victory over Richard Gamble at HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League, also in Tulsa.

World Extreme Cagefighting

Hendricks, Roller and Rosholt signed multi-fight deals with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC)

While in the WEC, Hendricks defeated Justin Haskins on December 3, 2008 at WEC 37.

Next, Hendricks defeated Alex Serdyukov via unanimous decision on March 1, 2009 at WEC 39. 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.

Ultimate Fighting Championship

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. 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. 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."

Hendricks faced promotional newcomer Ricardo Funch on December 12, 2009, at UFC 107. Hendricks won the fight via unanimous decision.

Hendricks next faced TJ Grant on May 8, 2010, at UFC 113. Hendricks won the bout via majority decision, improving his record to 3–0 in the UFC.

He next faced Charlie Brenneman on August 7, 2010, at UFC 117. 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. Hendricks lost via unanimous decision.

Win streak

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

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

Hendricks fought longtime #2 welterweight Jon Fitch on December 30, 2011, at UFC 141. Hendricks became the first man to finish Fitch in the UFC, winning via knockout 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. He won the fight via split decision.

Hendricks faced Martin Kampmann on November 17, 2012, at UFC 154. 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. 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. Hendricks won a unanimous decision and both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.

Welterweight title bouts

Having earned his title shot, Hendricks faced Georges St-Pierre on November 16, 2013, at UFC 167 for the UFC Welterweight Championship. 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. In addition, the site reported that every one of the sixteen MMA media members whose scores they collect declared the fight a decision victory for Hendricks. Despite the controversy, the bout did earn him his second Fight of the Night honors in the UFC.

On December 13, 2013, news came that Georges St-Pierre would be taking an indefinite break from MMA and vacating his belt. 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 Championship. Hendricks won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision. The bout also earned him his third consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award. Hendricks underwent surgery to repair a torn bicep that he sustained prior to his fight with Lawler. He returned to training in May 2014.

A rematch with Robbie Lawler took place at UFC 181 on December 6, 2014. After starting strong, Hendricks slowed in the later rounds and ultimately lost the fight and the title via a split decision.

Post-champion fights

Hendricks faced Matt Brown on March 14, 2015, at UFC 185. While Brown had a limited amount of success on the feet, Hendricks was successful on nine of ten takedown attempts and neutralized Brown's attacks. Hendricks won the fight via unanimous decision.

Hendricks was expected to face Tyron Woodley on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192. However, the bout was scrapped prior to the weigh-ins due to an intestinal blockage and kidney stone attack suffered by Hendricks during the weight cut.

Hendricks faced Stephen Thompson on February 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 82. Despite being the betting favorite in this encounter, Hendricks had no answer for Thompson's striking and lost the bout via TKO in the first round, marking the first time Hendricks had ever been finished in his MMA career.

Hendricks faced Kelvin Gastelum on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Prior to the bout, Hendricks missed weight by a quarter pound and therefore surrendered 20% of his purse to Gastelum.

Hendricks faced Neil Magny on December 30, 2016, at UFC 207. At the weigh-ins, Hendricks once again missed weight, weighing in at 173.5 lbs., two and a half pounds over the welterweight limit. As a result, he forfeited 20% of his purse to Magny. Hendricks lost the bout by unanimous decision in what was a close and competitive fight. Prior to the fight, Hendricks announced his intentions to move up to middleweight after facing Magny due to the hard weight-cut.


After several struggles to make the welterweight weight limit, Hendricks opted to move up a weight class to the middleweight division. He faced Hector Lombard in his middleweight debut on February 19, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 105. Hendricks won the back-and-forth fight via unanimous decision.

Hendricks faced Tim Boetsch on June 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 112. He missed weight for this event, and weighed in at 188 pounds, 2 pounds over the Middleweight limit of 186 lbs for a non-championship fight. Hendricks lost the fight via TKO due to a head kick and punches early in the second round.

Hendricks is expected to face Paulo Borrachinha on November 4, 2017 at UFC 217.

Personal life

Hendricks and his wife Christina have four children: Abri, Adli, Avin, and Rigg.

Hendricks has been sponsored by Reebok since UFC 167.

Collegiate wrestling

  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA Division I All-American out of Oklahoma State University (2004), (2005), (2006), (2007)
  • NCAA Division I 157 lb – 5th place out of Oklahoma State University (2004)
  • NCAA Division I 165 lb – Champion out of Oklahoma State University (2005)
  • NCAA Division I 165 lb – Champion out of Oklahoma State University (2006)
  • NCAA Division I 165 lb – Runner-up out of Oklahoma State University (2007)
  • Big 12 Conference Championship out of Oklahoma State University (2005), (2006), (2007)
  • Amateur wrestling

  • USA Junior Freestyle Championship
  • USA Junior Freestyle Championship 165 1b – Winner out of Oklahoma (2001)
  • USA Junior Freestyle Championship 165 1b – Winner out of Oklahoma (2002)
  • Mixed martial arts

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • UFC Welterweight Championship (One time)
  • Knockout of the Night (Three times) vs. TJ Waldburger, Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann
  • Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Carlos Condit, Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler
  • Fight of the Year (2014) vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171
  • World Extreme Cagefighting
  • Fight of the Night (One time)
  • 2012 Fighter of the Year
  • 2014 Fight of the Year vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171
  • Sherdog
  • 2014 Fight of the Year vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171
  • 2014 March Fight of the Month vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Bleacher Report
  • 2014 Fight of the Year vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
  • 2014 MMA Match of the Year vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 171
  • References

    Johny Hendricks Wikipedia