MONDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/24: Jonny Hendricks says he’ll be done fighting if he loses next fight (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

By Mike Hiscoe, MMATorch contributor

Johny Hendricks


Many fans have been quick to point out the decline in Johny Hendricks’ performances in the UFC since his trio of Welterweight Title fights with Georges St-Pierre and Robbie Lawler. Hendricks is aware of this. So much, in fact, that he is ready to hang up his gloves should he lose his next fight to Neil Magny.
Talking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Hendricks shared his plans if things don’t go his way at UFC 207. He said (via VendettaFighter), “Realistically, if I go out there – and hey, crazier things have happened – I go out there and lose, that’s when it’s time to say ‘I’m done.’ I’m not going to keep fighting to hopefully find a person I can beat.”
Hendricks has had a poor 2016 with a TKO loss to Stephen Thompson and decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum thus far, but can end the year on a high note with a win over Magny. Hendricks has lost four of his last six, and the All-American wrestler known for his knockout power, hasn’t finished an opponent since knocking out Martin Kampmann in November of 2012.
The fight with Magny goes down on Dec. 30 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Hiscoe’s Analysis: There has been a marked decline in Hendricks’ performances since the second Lawler fight. It’s easy to point out the correlation between this and the implementation of USADA drug testing, but it’s also important to remember that Hendricks fought the toughest 75 minutes any fighter has probably ever had to go through in his war with GSP and two battles with Robbie Lawler, all in a 13 month span. It’s possible that he was never able to fully recover from the fights. GSP was more than happy to step away after that fight and is yet to return, admitting getting hit by Hendricks equated to being hit by a truck.

Hendricks has a tough fight coming up with Magny. One that will be a good indicator if Hendricks still belongs with the top welterweights. I, personally, don’t have him in my top 10 and the MMATorch staff as a whole have him at #12 with Magny right behind at 13. Magny’s a durable fighter who is often surprising in his resiliency, but he often falters when he faces top level competition.

If Hendricks is contemplating retirement, he may be aware that his skills aren’t where they used to be, whatever the reason may be, or perhaps the motivation just isn’t there anymore.


-There is currently a Twitter hashtag campaign gaining some steam to boycott UFC 206 over the contract dispute between UFC and GSP resulting in GSP not being on the card many anticipated him to be on.

-Speaking of GSP, Michael Bisping claims to be ready and willing to fight GSP at UFC 206.

-Randy Couture, who is no stranger to UFC contract disputes, doesn’t expect GSP’s current contract dispute with UFC to go well for him, telling MMA Junkie that he expects UFC to drag the dispute out in court as they did with him, when he spent $500,000 of his own money trying to get out of his contract to fight Fedor Emelianenko.

-Shane Carwin tweeted that he recently accepted a fight with Fedor Emelianenko but was waiting for Fedor to accept. He also tweeted a picture of an extra large Rizin glove that he said was too small.

NOW CHECK OUT YESTERDAY’S NEWS UPDATE: SUNDAY NEWS DIGEST 10/23: Changes at the NAC, Jose rethinking retirement, Jones supplement news (w/Hiscoe’s Analysis)

(MMATorch’s Daily News Digest features the top story of the day with added analysis, plus smaller tidbits in the News Notes section. Mike Hiscoe, who writes the News Digest Sundays through Thursdays, has a background in film criticism and previously wrote for the DVD Town and Movie Metropolis websites. His passion for Mixed Martial Arts goes back to 2005, but it was in the promotion for UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie that he really got hooked.”This is my house, I build it,” is still among the all-time great UFC promos. You can follow Mike on social media under the tag @mikehiscoe. He now provides his experienced writing and perspective on live MMA events for MMATorch.)

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