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"Big Rig"

17-3-0

Johny Hendricks

Johny "Big Rig" Hendricks

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  • Given Name: Johny Harvey Hendricks
  • MMA Record: 17-3-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Big Rig
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1983.09.12
  • Last Fight: March 14, 2015 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Takedown
  • Height: 5'9" (176cm) | Reach: 69.0" (175cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $731,500 USD
  • Born: Ada, Oklahoma, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Dallas, Texas
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook
  • College: Oklahoma State University
  • Foundation Style: N/A

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Once a highly touted Up-and-coming prospect and now a top 10 welterweight, Johny Hendricks is one of the best collegiate wrestlers to enter the world of professional fighting in years. During his amateur career with Oklahoma State University, Hendricks won the 2005 and 2006 NCAA Division I Championship at 165 lbs., and earned All-American honors four times along with three Big 12 Conference championships.


Following his collegiate wrestling career, Hendricks made the move to MMA, winning two fights in the WEC before the welterweight division was dissolved and Hendricks was folded into the more competitive UFC welterweight division. In his first fight with the UFC, Hendricks upset TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah with a first-round TKO victory in just 29 seconds, following that up with back-to-back wins over Ricardo Funch and TJ Grant.  Hendricks, however, would suffer the first defeat of his career at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale to fellow wrestler Rick Story.


Big Rig took the loss seriously and would put together a two fight win streak that earned him a fight with top 5 ranked welterweight Jon Fitch.  Hendricks dealt Fitch a KO loss in the 1st round, the first loss Fitch had suffered since his title fight with GSP four years prior. The knockout would also earn Hendricks the Knockout of the Night bonus. Hendricks followed that win up with a decision win over another top 5 welterweight in Josh Koscheck.  His latest win not only has given Big Rig a four fight win streak (the last two over top ranked WW's), but has also earned him a number one contender match up with fellow brawler, Martin Kampmann.  The two were scheduled to square off at UFC 154, with the winner potentially garnering a much coveted title shot. During the night's co main event, Hendricks came out victorious with a first round KO of the recently streaking Kampmann. 


Hendricks still relies on his wrestling base to get him through fights that are not going his way. But he also has solid power in his punches and says that he prefers to stand and strike with opponents rather than taking them to the ground. His extraordinary wrestling base suggests he might follow a trail in his physical development much like another Welterweight standout, Josh Koscheck, and add increasingly potent striking and submission skills.


Johny would face off against Carlos Condit at UFC 158 in a #1 contender's match to face the winner of the GSP vs. Diaz match up. Johny would defeat Condit by Unanimous Decision in the Fight of the Night and should now finally be in line to get the title shot he has been waiting for. Hendricks fought welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 167 for the welterweight title.  In what was one of the most exciting and controversial fights of the year, Hendricks would lose a split decision.


Nearly a month after his losing effort at capturing the welterweight title, GSP announced that he would vacate the title.  This would set up Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler as the Main event in Dallas at UFC 171. After a back and forth fight that was pretty even Hendricks was able to take control in the fifth round and pick up the decision. Alongside winning the welterweight title Hendricks would also get the bonus for Fight of the Night.


After nearly a nine month layoff due to injuries (torn right bicep) that he sustain at UFC 171, Johny Hendricks returned to the octagon at UFC 181 to defend his title in a rematch against Robbie Lawler. Johny was defeated via split decision. At the UFC 181 post-fight press conference, Johny stated he had slowed his pace due to him believing he had won three of the five necessary rounds. Robbie's activity while Johny was pursuing failed takedowns turned out to be the deciding factor. As stated at the post fight press conference it was unclear whether Johny would receive a title shot for the rubber match against Lawler, or if he had to fight again prior to doing so.


He would step in the octagon against Matt Brown next at UFC 185 and would get back in the win column picking up the unanimous decision victory.

Last updated 03.18.2015, 5:50 PM ET
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Johny Hendricks MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Matt Brown
16-3-0 19-12-0

UFC 185: Pettis vs. Dos Anjos
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.03.14
Odds: -400 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hately | Walkout Music: Josh Abbott Band - My Texas
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Robbie Lawler
16-2-0 24-10-0

UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2
Main Event | Title Defense | Welterweight | 170

2014.12.06
Odds: -225 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $150,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#24 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Robbie Lawler
15-2-0 22-9-0

UFC 171: Hendricks vs. Lawler
Main Event | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.03.15
Odds: -375 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#48 Greatest Fight of All Time
#15 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#1 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC 171 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Georges St. Pierre
15-1-0 24-2-0

UFC 167: St. Pierre vs. Hendricks
Main Event | Title Challenge | Welterweight | 170

2013.11.16
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $100,000 ($50K Base, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#58 Greatest Fight of All Time
#21 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#14 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
UFC 167 Fight of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Carlos Condit
14-1-0 28-6-0

UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.03.16
Odds: -115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
#47 Greatest Fight of All Time
#18 Greatest Welterweight MMA Fight of All Time
#5 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2013
UFC 158 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Jake Ellenberger UFC 158 2013.03.16
Reason: Hendricks to Condit Fight
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:46 Round 1 of 3

Martin Kampmann
13-1-0 20-5-0

UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.11.17
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
#54 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#6 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC 154 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Josh Koscheck
12-1-0 17-5-0

UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.05.05
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
0:12 Round 1 of 3

Jon Fitch
11-1-0 23-3-1

UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.12.30
Odds: +190 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $127,000 ($26K Base, $26K Bonus, $75K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti | Walkout Music: Bleu Edmondson - 50 Dollars and a Flask of Crown
#34 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#26 Biggest Upset of All Time
#20 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2011
UFC 141 Knockout of the Night
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mike Pierce
10-1-0 12-3-0

UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.08.06
Odds: -150 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.8 lbs (77.5 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
1:35 Round 1 of 3

TJ Waldburger
9-1-0 13-5-0

UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.03.26
Odds: -380 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $99,000 ($22K Base, $22K Bonus, $55K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
UFC Fight Night 24 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Paulo Thiago UFC on Versus 3 2011.03.03
Reason: Thiago Elbow Injury
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rick Story
9-0-0 11-3-0

The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.12.04
Odds: -210 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $22,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:40 Round 2 of 3, 5:40 Total

Charlie Brenneman
8-0-0 12-1-0

UFC 117: Silva vs Sonnen
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.08.07
Odds: -425 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 ($20K Base, $20K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: Bleu Edmondson - 50 Dollars and a Flask of Crown
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

TJ Grant
7-0-0 15-3-0

UFC 113: Machida vs Shogun 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.05.08
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Marc-Andre Cote
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ricardo Funch
6-0-0 7-0-0

UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.12.12
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: Bleu Edmondson - 50 Dollars and Flask of Crown
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:29 Round 1 of 3

Amir Sadollah
5-0-0 1-0-0

UFC 101: Declaration
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.08.08
Odds: -112 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Alex Serdyukov
4-0-0 8-4-0

WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.03.01
Odds: -333 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $7,500 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mark Calo-oy
WEC 39 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:52 Round 2 of 3, 5:52 Total

Justin Haskins
3-0-0 4-1-0

WEC 37: Torres vs Tapia
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.12.03
Odds: -485 (Heavy Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | Submission | Choke

Richard Gamble

Xtreme Fighting League

2008.03.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Spencer Cowley

Oklahoma Regional

2007.11.16
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Victor Rackliff

Oklahoma Regional

2007.09.28

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