New UFC Champ Johny Hendricks Heading into Surgery, Out of Action for Several Months

March 19, 2014
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UFC Champion Johny HendricksNew UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks may be excited to have the belt wrapped around his waist, but it will be a while before he’ll be able to defend it.

Hendricks on The MMA Hour on Monday revealed that he had been close to pulling out of his UFC 171 title bout with Robbie Lawler due to a biceps injury, but the championship meant too much to him. He instead soldiered on and won the belt in a grueling five-round bout.

Appearing on KROQ radio in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Hendricks, according to MMAFighting.com, said that he is scheduled to have surgery on the torn biceps muscle on Monday. Granted the surgery goes as planned, he will be sidelined for four weeks, which will then be followed by another four weeks of rehabilitation.

Hendricks suffered the injury about two weeks prior to the fight with Lawler, but, as mentioned, he declined to cancel the fight.

Hendricks’ manager, Ted Ehrhardt, reportedly told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday that his fighter also suffered a hairline fracture to his left shin during the fight. He indicated a “lengthy recovery period” for the shin injury.

UFC officials have yet to name a clear No. 1 contender to Hendricks’ shiny new belt. There are several contenders – Tyron Woodley, Rory MacDonald, and Hector Lombard chief among them – so Hendricks being sidelined might provide the promotion and the fighters with the incentive to put a match-up together to declare a definite No. 1 contender.

Rory MacDonald vs. Tyron Woodley anyone?

A request for comment from Hendricks’ manager went unreturned at the time of publication.

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  • JDMMA

    That’s not too Bad, unlike Cain & Pettis’s injuries

    • Mr T

      All you people saying Hendicks beat GSP then please answer this. If a fight is really close and it goes to the judges then doesn’t it make sense to award the fight to the champ? Did Hendricks beat GSP up for 5 rounds or KO him? Was the 5th round close? I am expecting GSP to go out and punish his opponent for 5 rounds and rarely do I see someone he beats climb the ladder again, probably due to the fact that it wasn’t looked upon as a lucky punch or a mistake that allowed him to get submitted. It was a clinic and the opponent leaves the cage knowing that they are not on the same level. Hendricks is a bitch and will get beat next fight, time for him to milk the next while as he is “injured”. Hopefully GSP comes back and puts him in the basement with Kos, Hardy, Diaz, Sherk, Hughes, Trigg and everyone else he has embarrassed.

      • Will

        The fight wasn’t all that close though. Look at how close Franky Edgar and Henderson1 was, and the champ walked away with his head down. That fight was way closer than the Hendrix /GSP fight. The Hendrix/Gsp fight just went to decision with hendrix landing more shots and rounds. It was plain to see. Not razor close. That is being Robbed. If it were razor close, i would agree with you.

      • Jeffrey Zamora

        Oh wait, but GSP isn’t here because Hendricks beat his ass into an embarrassing retirement. I mean I’m a GSP fan but you’re just making yourself look like a complete fool. Stop embarrassing yourself.

  • MPA2000

    That was quick.

  • Little Bobby

    OKAY surgery his face looked as bad as GSP’s I just want to quote Hendricks.. look at his face and look at mine who do you think won? He cried like a baby when he wasn’t awarded the belt. Now look at Lawler… GSP style he didn’t cry he didn’t wine he said he just had to do more. just sayin looks like the wrong guy is wearing the belt if you follow Hendricks logic

    • Dan Abbate

      Except that 90% of the people that saw the Hendricks GSP fight CLEARLY believe that Hendricks won that fight. This includes people in the UFC offices and management. Hendricks beat Lawler and the judges got it right this time. I have massive respect for Lawler but if he’d have been robbed out of a victory I’m sure he’d be vocal about it, as would anyone. Wouldn’t you be pissed too if you got robbed out of the belt by incompetent judges?

      • Steven Michael St.Amand

        100% of that 90% are not judges and are not qualified to be judges.

        • Jeffrey Zamora

          You have to be qualified to have two working eyes and common sense? What about the UFC guys that also had the same opinion that GSP lost? They are very well qualified. You however, you are a complete moron.

          • RubeKegal

            No, Steven is 100% correct. You either 1) Dislike GSP 2) Like Hendricks or 3) Believe everything Joe Rogan says should be printed in the Bible.

      • earlsimmons

        90% really? Any data to back this up or is this just a number you made up and are throwing out there because it sounds like your making stuff up. Evidence or everything you say is lies.

        • Dan Abbate

          Go read the interviews, the comments by the UFC management, Dana White, any number of the articles that were written… It’s an overwhelming majority. Did you watch the fight? Do you really thing GSP won that? Really? Clearly I was generalizing with the 90% statement. No, I didn’t take a poll. But I bet it’s close. Show me anywhere written that states that GSP won that fight and that the judges were correct in their decision and I’ll show you 10 more that feel the exact opposite. That would be 90% and would support my claim.

          “Evidence or everything you say is lies.” That’s what you came up with?

          And it’s “you’re” not “your.”

    • taylor2008

      Just like most, I had Hendricks winning 1,2 and 5 over Lawler regardless of Hendricks face. He clearly won 3 rounds. I dont know if GSP did.
      When Hendricks fought GSP he was throwing more punches and took GSP down a few times. It was a very close fight but I and many others thought Hendricks won, but it went in GSPs favor. I am a fan of both so that call could have went either way.

      • Steven Michael St.Amand

        In round 1 gsp went for a submission

        got a takedown and landed one more strike so as far as the judges go he won that round. Hendricks corner said he needed to win the last round and hendricks did not so boo hoo

        • taylor2008

          I can see you are a no mind little kid by saying boo hoo. Hate to tell you this little boy but I like both fighters. I didnt care who won. I was just glad to see a good fight.

    • Brian NoneyaBiznizz

      Thank you Dan Abbate. I don’t know anyone who watched the GSP/Hendricks fight who believed GSP won, nor any who believe that Hendricks did not win decisively enough to merit a decision over the champion. The your face/my face comment had to do with the GSP fight and the sheer disappointment a hard working guy who’d just beaten the best over 25 minutes only to be robbed by incompetent judges who once again saw a fight that no one else saw.

      • TheCerealKiller

        I believe GSP won the fight.

        • TrentSki

          I wouldn’t go around telling anyone your that stupid in the future

          • archaictext

            You’re*

          • TrentSki

            Grammar police on the internet, dude your so cool
            *cough* loser

          • TrentSki

            Go back to school kid, adults don’t care about that stuff anymore
            Grow up

    • Will

      Yeah the quote was just what you mentioned, but that wasn’t the only fact he was lobbying for…… he was just adding that to the fact he was kicking GSP’S ass all over that octagon as well as look at GSP’S face. Robby wasnt kicking big riggs ass the way big rig was kicking GSP’s ass.

    • MaritalArtist

      Come on, Johny beat the crap out of GSP, whereas both
      Johny and Lawler both beat each other up. I see your point about the face, but it was more than that. He really f***** up GSP.

  • Todd Naz

    Funny that the UFC or the state athletic commission doesn’t require a full doctor clearance before each title fight at least? If the doctor suspects anything then he orders a MRI in the area of concern. If a fighter goes in injured and loses that may diminish the quality of the fight. Then excuses come out later why they lost or didn’t win in a more convincing fashion. How do we take Hendricks at face value and believe this was a training injury and it wasn’t caused by the fight? See what I mean? I use to root for Hendricks but the more that guy opens his mouth the less of a fan I am of Johny. He’s not an ideal champion IMO and he won’t hold the belt long. Lawler would beat him in a rematch IMO.

    • vidal

      I train with him. Trust me, he would not let the doctors know he was injured, he’d fight through it. I’ve had two broken middle knuckles on each hand of course and I hid this from the doctors because I was fighting for a title. I still dropped my opponent with uppercuts regardless, but I didn’t punch as much as I wanted to and my grip wasn’t as strong. Don’t misjudge Hendricks because he made a warrior like decision. His first fight in the upcoming is also when he had a broken hand. Hendricks once did not eat a meal for 3 days to cut weight in wrestling. He is insane.

      • vidal

        His first fight in the UFC. *

        • Will

          He hardly made weight this time. that may be a reason why he wont hold the belt that long. With age being a factor and health, im not sure he will be able to keep making drastic cuts like that for a long haul. Not eating a meal for 3 days to make weight, cutting 40+ pounds. Thats way intense, That is dedication.

      • Louie Goebel

        Not eating for 3 days is insane…yes…in the correct context of the word.

      • Todd Naz

        So how bad do you think the bicep tear was pre fight vidal? Major tears show distinct visible damage and complete tears show dis-figuration. You will see discoloration at the bicep head like a horrible bruise. I had a mild to moderate pectoral tear/stretch and I did have discoloration in my upper left pec where it ties into the delt. I didn’t see any pre fight bruising on his bicep head to the best of knowledge. Click on the link below to see a moderate to mild bicep tear. This is something that Hendricks is claiming but I never saw anything like this. Please correct me if I’m wrong. http://www.bodybuildingestore.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/torn-biceps-muscle.jpg

      • Todd Naz
    • Jesse Cotton

      In my opinion, your opinion doesn’t mean s–t.

    • MaritalArtist

      It’s hard to beat Johny. But I have a feeling the other 2 guys Lombard and Woodley can knock him out. I think they hit slightly harder than Lawler…. Barely.

    • Jeffrey Zamora

      In my opinion, you just made yourself like a completely clueless moron. Congrats!

    • Louie Goebel

      There is a lot thought that goes into what you just said…
      But I do agree…Big Rig is NOT the poster child of the welterweight division. I have not liked him since his junior year at Okie State when he pulled those shenanigans at Nationals…and then he was beaten his senior year by John Smith’s nephew ! huhaaaa!!!!!

    • Rence

      what part of a physical is going to reveal a bicep injury if the fighter doesnt mention it? MRI’s are not cheap, so they only order them when theres a clear medical necessity. the MRI is an amazing diagnostic tool, but they have to have a target area to look at unless you propose that they do a full body scan of all the soft tissues, and organs, then do a full body ct of the skeleton.

      If the fighter doesnt bring it up, the Dr really has no reason to dig real deep as the presumption is that the patient is going to be honest with the Dr. kind of like how our justice system is supposed to work, innocent until proven guilty. So, if Johnny goes in, Dr asks if he’s got any injuries, JH says “nope, doing fine”, Dr does the rest of his physical as normal, signs off, JH gets to fight with an injured bicep. And of course he’s not going to mention it to the Dr since the Dr COULD then order the MRI and see the injury and pull him out of the fight.

      So, its not really any big surprise things went the way they did…

  • Ksp Ksp

    No wonder he didn’t look like his best like the time when he fought GSP…

    • Louie Goebel

      or rather…did he hurt himself in the GSP fight???

  • Brian NoneyaBiznizz

    It would be nice if GSP came back to fight Tyrone Woodley, that way he can go out a loser after getting KTFO’ed. Hendricks won the GSP fight, period, it’s a terrible injustice that people are still talking about GSP having left a champion. To me, a champion wins, not losing and wining are not the same thing. The night I saw the supposed most talented WW in the world take Dan Hardy 25 minutes to a UD was the night I lost all respect for him.

    The UFC is much better off without GSP being a part of it. The reason the UFC ranking system works (lol) is because fighters who want to entertain the people paying ridiculous money to see them are given consideration over those who win boring decisions. That’s the way it absolutely should be. Fighters who fight to win should be and are rewarded.

    Tough news about Bigg Rigg. I don’t know why Robbie Lawler’s name wasn’t mentioned, he just went toe to toe with the champion and lost a controversial decision. He should be fighting at the top of the division and should be able to earn a rematch with a big win over whomever of the 3 names don’t get matched against each other. I’d love to see Lombard-Woodley and then Lawler-McDonald.

    • Jeffrey Zamora

      Something tells me you don’t know the meaning of the word “controversial” lol. That was not a controversial win. A close win yes, but there was no controversy. Hendricks won 3 rounds I thought pretty clearly. That’s simple basic mathematic. 3 rounds won is more than 2 rounds won. That’s a win. And he damn sure earned it.

      • Louie Goebel

        I hate the whole “rounds” thing, they should just fight until tap, snap, or nap…..no clock, just like the old days.

        • Timothy Malone

          It wouldn’t work for television purposes

          • Louie Goebel

            It worked before, and it can work again.

            Look how long it takes in between fights currently on pay-per-view, it easily can be done

          • Brian NoneyaBiznizz

            It didn’t work before, the UFC was 22 million in the hole before TUF saved their arses. Would you like to eliminate weight classes too?

      • Brian NoneyaBiznizz

        I agree that Hendricks won rounds 1, 2 and 5. I think that there might be some debate about the 5th, the controversy is that Lawler wasn’t given a 10-8 round in the 3rd. When people are up in arms screaming the wrong person won (which I do not believe to be the case) it’s controversial. So, I don’t need English lessons from you, and the decision (as most are) is rife with controversy,.

    • Kris-tyahn

      Yeah Brian, Woodley would KO GSP if Hendricks couldn’t do it for 25 mins, and GSP was concussed after the 1st round. You sure do know what you’re tlaking about…… I guess Woodley “destroyed” Condit as well, and would have spanked him if not for the kneee injury right?!?! STFU you idiot!
      If you think Lawler won the fight vs. Hendricks, you’re even more stupid than expected. Hendricks EASILY won rounds 1 & 2 & 5, b/c LAwler didn’t show up for either one of them 3 rounds. But he won the fight?!? WOW!
      I’m sure GSP is heart broken you lost respect for a guy who fights in the UFC as a living, while you do what exactly?!? He went 25 mins vs. Hardy & spanked him/embarassed him, the reason why he didn’t finish him, was b/c GSP tried to msucle his submissions, without even softening Hardy up with punches or GNP while he was on his back. You’re also disrespecting Hardy’s will/heart not to tap when most fighters would have, but I’m sure you’ll provide us with your name & fight record, so that we can check out how it’s done, so you can have a “legit excuse” to lose respect for a guy who’s willing to step in the Octagon, while you sit behind a computer, but I’m sure you’ll have plenty of YouTube fights & undefeated record etc.

      • Brian NoneyaBiznizz

        1) I imagine that you do not follow fighters from the time that they’re amateurs like I do. To answer your question “while you do what exactly?!?” I manage fighter endorsements and represent many fighters who go pro from the Serra Luongo Weidman gym.

        2) I clearly stated that I believed Hendricks won the fight, the only controversy surrounding the decision was the decision not to score a 10-8 round for Lawler in the 3rd round. He clearly dominated the round and a strong argument could be made for a draw…

        3) HOWEVER, the only thing I really said about Lawler is that his name should be mentioned in this article as more than the loser in his most recent fight. A close decision for the championship should boost a fighters status, not cloud it.

        4) GSP was an AWFUL champion. I used the Hardy decision as an example, he has not won by TKO since BJ Penn’s corner threw in the towel at the end of the fourth round in a fight that would have otherwise gone to decision because GSP does not fight to win. He fights to not lose. You learn a lot about a fighter when you watch his face while he fights and GSP was all about toying with his opponents for 25 minutes, not finishing them.

        5) I don’t know who or where you are, but I’d be happy to step into a cage with you, or, even better, you can pick any one of my fighters (even the flyweight) and step into the cage with him. My only fighter you can’t touch is the straw weight NY women’s 105 boxing champion, BJJ purple belt, Thai Kickboxing champion that I signed the moment I heard that the UFC was opening a straw weight class.

        6) Suck my nuts.

  • Tj

    I Dont Like The Way He “Won” The Last Round Just Tied Up His Legs An Just Held On I Didnt Know He Was Hurt An Thats Prob Why I Thought He Looked Bad But I Never Liked The Way Fights Are Scored It Was A Very Close Fight To Me An Ive Been Watching MMA Since I Can Remember Id Like To See A Rematch

    • conspiracy

      then lawler should have not lost it by just standing up.

      • Tj

        I Agree but It Def Was Not A normal Take Down His Legs Were Wrapped In Like A Bear Hug I’m Glad Hendrix Won Shame Hes Hurt Woulda Loved To See A Quick Rematch

    • http://www.xnxx.com/ Fetus Sandwich

      Stop Typing Like Everything You’re Saying Is The Title Of A Book

      • Tj

        Really A Problem With The Way I Type? Get A Life Man

        • Jeffrey Newcomb

          Get educated, son.

          • shakejunt

            i doubt this is an education issue. seems more like he’s on a phone or some other device that auto-capitalizes.

          • MaritalArtist

            I’m gonna auto-capitalize pretty much everything from now on. Why didn’t I think of that!!

          • archaictext

            We can say that he needs to educate himself on how to use his device then. Besides, the abuse of caps lock is not the worst thing about that rant.

          • shakejunt

            someone needed to defend him. he wasn’t out of line. the internet can’t be purely bashing someone else’s views.

          • http://www.xnxx.com/ Fetus Sandwich

            I Couldn’t Have Said It Any Better Myself

    • MaritalArtist

      Sometimes I like how people win, other times I don’t. This fight was super-close. Could have gone either way.

    • archaictext

      I don’t like your abuse of caps lock, or your blatent disregard for punctuation, but I guess I can see your point through that horrendous grammar.

  • Roger

    Excuses Excuses and he has several

    • Maddawgmar

      Excuses on why he won?

    • Jeffrey Newcomb

      Dude won in spite of his injuries, respect.

    • Kris-tyahn

      YUP, that’s Johnny Hendricks for yah, class act… wink wink! Just like he only used 70% of his power vs. GSP (in a title fight, the biggest fight of his career, against the best fighter on the planet) wink wink, sure he did.
      Just like his hand was broken during the 1st round of his fight vs. Condit, which is why he couldn’t KO Condit, yet Xray showed no break, fracture or even a sprain. But it was broken though……
      Hendricks is starting to beleive his own hype, thinks he should be KO’ing everyone b/c he KO’d two guys who aren’t in the UFC anymore. And according to all the uneducated morons out there, he couldn’t even KO GSP who has a glass jaw….. b/c he was TKO’d by Serra, when he punched him behind the ear, which means you have a glass jaw. Just like Cain has a glass jaw, b/c dos Santos hit him behind the ear, Cain got lucky his last 2 fights vs. dos Santos….. BAHAHAHAHA!
      Hendricks either KO’s his opponent in the 1st round, or barely wins a very close decision. Except for his lone KO after the 1st round vs. Amir! (2nd round).

  • Isaac

    I hope both Condit and Hendricks make a quick and full recovery, They are both warriors and strategic fighters that put on great shows. If Hendricks is going to be out very long i think he should give up the title like GSP did and the UFC can put on a tournament event like when UFC started, in order to determine the undisputed WW Champion. That would be awesome!!!
    #Bloodsport #RoyceGracie #OriginalUFC

  • RubeKegal

    Anyone who thinks Hendricks was robbed vs. GSP can’t think for themselves and needs Joe Rogan to tell them their opinion. GSP rounds 1 3 and 5 hands down.

  • Isaac

    I thought the Hendricks vs GSP fight was awesome! GSP was pushing the pace and moving forward the entire fight. Gsp landed more strikes and dominated the stand up most of the fight. Hendricks did rock GSP once, got some elbows in against the cage and a couple of meaningless take downs. That’s what made the fight close. I remember thinking when the fight ended that if it were not a title fight Hendricks would get the decision but I knew that the decision was going to go to GSP because he was the long standing champion and Hendricks did not do enough to deserve it under those circumstances. As for the superficial facial injuries to GSP, that was made clear a week after the fight GSP’s face was almost fully recovered and he was enjoying himself on holidays.
    Lawler vs Hendricks was also awesome! I thought Lawler edged out Hendricks in striking in rounds 1,2 and 5 and dominated rounds 3 and 4. Hendricks got a couple of meaningless take downs and by that i mean he did no real damage on the ground to Lawler. Therefore Lawler was clearly robbed. I have so much respect for Lawler now because he accepted the decision and has not cried about or made excuses like some fighters do.
    #Hendricks #Diaz #Woodley(crying about Rogan’s commentating?) LOL

    • Me

      Don’t worry, you only believe these things because you don’t know what your talking about.

      • John

        GSP clearly lost that fight vs hendricks lol if anyone says other wise they dont know ufc the Jones vs Gufstason could of gone either way i believe but Lawler and Hendricks it was tied going into the 5th and Hendricks picked up the pace and got the take down it was anyones match in the 5th and Hendricks stole it away i respect lawler for what he did but Hendricks won fair and square

        • archaictext

          Anyone who says “they don’t know ufc” should not be taken seriously. GSP won that fight, BECAUSE it is the UFC. I think what you meant to say is “they don’t know MMA”. Besides, GSP didn’t CLEARLY lose anything. Based on how the UFC scores fights, GSP won strike for strike, and 3 rounds out of 5. Also, if you go around calling MMA “ufc”, what is clear is that YOU don’t know MMA any better than every other casual fan out there. The sport isn’t “ufc”, it’s MMA. If you value having an opinion, and you want other people to value it too, you have some work to do.

          • Kris-tyahn

            archaictext: CHECK & MATE!!!

        • Kris-tyahn

          BUUUUURNNNNNNN!!!

      • Kris-tyahn

        Yeah, “ME” you’re a good one to be talking about “knowing what they’re talking about, when it comes to MMA”….. BAHAHAHAHA
        Pretty sure GSP has 2 losses, to Matt Hughes & Matt SErra! Guess you don’t know what you’re talking about. It was a close fight, jsut like Jones vs. Gustaffson. If Jones kept his belt, then GSP certainly deserved to keep his. The thing you & haters like John don’t understand, is that the 2 rounds Hendricks won, were decisive, while the 3 rounds GPS won, were very close. The majority of the damage Hendricks did to GSP’s face were in the 2 rounds he won, but that still means HE ONLY WON TWO ROUNDS!!!
        BJ did the most damage to GSP compared to any other fight/fighter in GSP’s 27 fight career. He sent GSP to the hospital & did all that damage in 1 round/5 mins, while Shields, Condit, Diaz & Hendricks all had 25 mins. But GSP still beat BJ b/c he lost the 2nd & 3rd rounds, are you & John really that stupid that you proclaim the winner of a fight based on appearance?!? If that’s the case, BJ Penn & Anderson Silva would nearly be undefeated & GSP would have about 5-6 more losses. And…… Lawler would be CHAMP!

        • Me

          Yeah – me, John and about 90% of the media, analysts, fight fans and other fighters – based solely on “appearance.” By the way – sentences in all caps don’t serve to make your “point” any more accurate or impressive. It justs makes you look like a hysterical school girl.

  • rapidfire

    i’ve been saying this over and over again.
    excuses aren’t limited to loss in a fight anymore.
    when fighters win, they also give all types of excuses to imply that he could have done better.
    when a fighter wins, he gives an excuse he fought despite injuries during training such as aforementioned one or broken foot, etc.
    the bottom line is JH passed the physical. so he needs to just stay quiet.what if Lawler says he fought with serious back injuries?
    no fighters go into fights with 100% healthy bodies.
    really tired of hearing excuses whether you lose or win..

    • Tj

      Amen!

    • Me

      Wow, what an impressive little keyboard warrior you are.
      And did I miss something? Did Hendricks make “excuses” before, during or after the Lawlor fight? A fight he won. Injury reports come out after every fight genius. And injuries that require surgery and down time have to be revealed so the promotion can plan accordingly and obviously an MMA news outlet is going to report it. Clearly you have no idea how difficult it is to do anything with a torn muscle. The very fact that Hendricks kept his mouth shut about it, didn’t drop out of the fight and won is remarkably impressive and nothing else. You’d be screaming like a bitch if you tore your bicep – forget deciding to go ahead and fight a beast like Lawlor.

      • archaictext

        Well, a couple things to that: Of course Hendricks isn’t going to say he has any injuries before the fight. Why would he give his opponent that boost in confidence and knowledge of an injury to take advantage of? Also, it’s not just about an injury report post fight. The injury report is about injuries acquired during the fight, not previous to it. What rapidfire is saying, is when people say they went into a fight injured, they are trying to make themselves look better, and it is disrespectful to their opponent. Hendricks knows how close it was, so by saying he went in injured, he is trying to make it appear that without his previous injury, he would have easily beaten Lawler. Hendrick’s is full of crap. By his standard he actually lost the fight, because he looked worse than Lawler. Now he makes the excuse that he was injured, which is why he didn’t do that well? What a chump. Just be a gracious winner. You got the belt, act like you deserve it.

        • Kris-tyahn

          Nicely said archaictext: As for “ME” you’re an idiot! Hows RAPIDFIRE being a keyboard warrior?!? All he said was basically the truth. Hendricks has said many excuses for his losses & wins, like the reason he didn’t KO Condit was b/c he claimed his hand was broken, he said it after the 1st round to his corner, yet a couple days later after an Xray, he finds out there was no break, no fracture, not even a sprain, it was a bruised hand, who would have thought, that someone/a fighter would injure his hand in a fight.
          Hendricks said all he needed was to land one left hand to GSP’s chin to KO him, yet he landed several left hands & GSP still had better cardio than Hendricks in the 5th round, but Hendricks claimed he was only using 70% of his punching power, in the BIGGEST fight of his entire career (title fight), vs. the best fighter in the world, but only used 70% of his punching power…..?!?!? BAHAHAHA idiot!
          And now we have the Lawler fight/EXCUSE, Hendricks 1st stated that it was his elbow that was injured, well that’s what many MMA sites, including the UFC wrote, that he suffered an elbow injury, now it’s his bicep + a hairline fracture to his shin. Wonder if the hairline fracture is just as severe as his broken hand he suffered vs. Condit…. wink wink!
          For anyone with common sense, no fighter enters a fight @ 100%, impossible! So I’m sure Lawler also had injuries, but he’s man enough not to use them as to why he barely lost a fight many expected him to lose pretty one sided. Though I heard Lawler was only using 7% of his power, in his kicks, and after watching the fight again, Lawler didn’t even try to win the first two rounds, b/c he used them to get warmed up….. And like Hendricks stated after the GSP fight, GSP’s face looked much worst than his, therefore it “proves” that Hendricks won the fight (though most of GSP’s opponents can actually say that, b/c he bruises like a peach.), so I guess Hendricks was gifted yet another win (like he was when he fought Pierce, Koscheck & Condit), since Lawler looked a hell of a lot better than Hendricks beaten up face did!
          But Hendricks doesn’t make excuses, you’re right. Nut HUGGER!!!

          • Me

            At first I thought about going through a point by point rebuttal of this juvenile claptrap but there’s so much wrong with it that I honestly don’t have the energy. But hey, thanks for the laugh.

        • Me

          Literally nothing you just said is accurate. The injury report comment in my post was based on rapidfire’s stupid comment about the foot injury. The rest, if you actually read the post, was about the fact that the bicep injury would require surgery and downtown, something that obviously has to be reported to the promotion and would certainly be reported by the MMA media. Only some silly little hater would find fault with Hendrick’s for talking about it after the fact especially when it’ll be front page news on this site and others the moment it’s known. To call that an “excuse” (for winning?) after the fact is beyond asinine. As far as Hendrick’s not saying anything before the fight that’s because he decided to go ahead with it. If he had said, “I tore my bicep in training, it requires, surgery and I can’t fight” literally no one would have held that against him except dimwits like rapidfire, kris-tyahn and possibly you. No doubt upon recovery he would have gotten an immediate shot at however won between lawlor and which ever fighter was put in Hendrick’s place. Instead he kept his mouth shut, soldiered on, went ahead with the fight and won and it’s a bad joke that fight fans like yourself are actually giving him sh*t about that.
          Fight fans are hilarious – when a fighter pulls out with an injury he takes sh*t, when he fights with an injury he takes sh*t, if he doesn’t finish he takes sh*t …I’m including you in this group because your comment falls right into that juvenile category. Think about what that card would have been like if he’d pulled out. Why don’t you trying just being grateful that Hendrick’s kept his mouth shut, kept the card intact and along with Lawlor put on a blistering 5 round war.
          And really, is it that hard to imagine that he would have performed better without a torn bicep?

  • julian moran

    Woodley vs Lombard.

  • John

    woodley got lucky condit would of handed him his ass , woodley talking s–t to the camera like he ko’d him lol

  • AXE MURDERER

    Rory vs Lombard or Rory vs Stun Gun would be good fights to schedule, Woodley vs the winner of Ellenberger vs Saffiedine, Give Ruthless Robbie the loser. Give Shields the loser of the Matt Brown vs Eric Silva fight & the winner should get maybe Stun Gun.

  • serenity

    It’s funny that everyone on here is talking about GSP when he has nothing to do with this story, people need to get over the GSP vs. Hendricks decision, GSP won get over it, Hendricks is over it, so you don’t need to bring it up on every Hendricks story, move on with your lives already.

  • Isaac

    Hendricks vs Rousey. Ronda would beat him by armbar submission. Not the arm he injured but the other one. Wonder what his excuse would be? LOL