Johny Hendricks has had a real rough go of it lately. The former welterweight champ has gone 2-5 in his last 7, and has missed weight in his last two bouts. Due to his inability to make the 171-pound limit for welterweight, Johny has moved up in weight to fight Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 105. If he doesn't get past the heavy-hitting Cuban, he's calling it a career. For real this time.
Hendricks has used the "R-word" multiple times before, but now it seems like retirement could be right around the corner if he loses to the former Bellator champ.
Speaking with Submission Radio, Hendricks laid it all out there.
“Yes, I said if I lost I would (retire). But again, what I’m saying is, if I go out there and get beat up like I did the last two fights, you know, where I still can’t compete with those guys – which I clearly showed I can’t. Now I’ll be better, I think at 185. But like I said, if I go out there and I can’t compete, well I guess I can’t make 170, right? And I’m not going to try to ever again. It’s just too hard on my body.
And if I fight good at 185, well then I’m gonna stay there. But if I don’t do good, then guess what, it’s time. I had my fun, I had my time. It’s not worth going out there and training for 12 weeks and then being done, or going out there and just losing. And that’s really what it’s about. And here’s one thing that really leads me to believe that that fight was mine – did you hear the boos after that? The whole crowd thought I won that fight. So I don’t want to leave whenever the fans think I’ve won. And that’s really where my head’s at, is that hey, they believe I won that fight, so I’m gonna do one more.”
Hendricks' run up to his title shot against GSP from 2011-13 was a thing of beauty. Two sub-one minute knockouts over Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann, many people still believe he beat GSP, and his wars with Robbie Lawler were legendary. If this is the end of the line for Johny, he has nothing to prove. He wrapped gold around his waist in one of MMA's fiercest divisions.