Few days ago, former UFC welterweight champion Johnny ‘Big Rig’ Hendricks announced his retirement from the sport after 11 years. Hendricks won the UFC welterweight title back at UFC 171 in March 2014 however has had a slump since then.
Hendricks is 2-6 after winning his title including an unsuccessful stint at middleweight due to difficulties in making the welterweight limit. However Hendricks missed weight once at middleweight as well. Therefore Hendricks feels happy to be done with fighting.
“Sometimes it’s not even about how good a fighter you are, it’s about how good you learn to run your mouth,” Hendricks said. “I’m just a southern kid that likes to do something, That’s really the gist of it.
“Then you start throwing in this guy who is doing this, that guy who is doing this, and you know what, for me, it’s not the same sport I wanted to be involved with five or six years ago. It’s changing. I knew it would one day but I would’ve hoped it would be longer than that. Now that it has evolved into what it is, there are some people that are very good at what they do, run their mouth, and I can’t take nothing away from them because that’s the easiest part. So I ask myself, if I wanted to get back to where I was before, could I have done it without running my mouth?”
“Realistically, I’m over it. I’m over the sport. I did my part and I can say I’m out of the MMA world and I don’t have to worry about something else happening,” Hendricks said.
“I’ve been thinking about it, should I give it another shot, should I not? And with that big question being taken away now I felt a lot of relief and I’m feeling really good about my decision. I still get to wake up, I train once a day, I’m still training wrestling, I’m still working out with guys. The only difference is, I don’t have somebody sitting here saying, ‘Oh, you’re walking around at 208 right now, you’re fat, you need to lose weight.’”