The 32-year-old has gone to a decision in his last four outings, but predicts the decision streak will end at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I don’t want to take it to a decision, so however I can do it, I’m going to do it. I just promise you that it’s not going to go to a decision,” Hendricks said during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight.
“It’s a new Johny, and everybody gets to see what the new Johny can do,” he said. “I think that my power is back. My cardio feels awesome. Everything that I could ask for in a fight preparation, it’s there.”
A win over Thompson would keep Hendricks ranked near the top of the 170-pound division and in sight of a trilogy matchup against reigning champion Robbie Lawler.