Most of the recent UFC releases weren’t a major surprise, except for Jon Fitch. Fellow welterweight Johny Hendricks was taken back when he heard that the former UFC title contender was among the nearly 20 names let go by the promotion.
“You’ve got to go out there and fight your heart out every fight,” said Hendricks’ on Sherdog Radio. “That’s probably the best thing I learned because I was shocked. We all were.”
Hendricks knows that he must avoid a style that allows fights to be decided by the judges, which was something that happened in many of Fitch’s fights.
Of Hendricks’ 14 career wins, five have gone to a decision. He also has five first round stoppages to match. Three of those finishes came out of the UFC and earned him Knockout of the Night in the process. Those three fights went just over two minutes total, a far cry from Fitch who hadn’t stopped anyone since 2007.
One of the first round knockouts for Hendricks came against Fitch, when he needed 12 seconds at UFC 141 to land the win.
Fitch has been linked to the World Series of Fighting since his release. Hendricks returns at UFC 158 to face former interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit, after his original opponent Rory MacDonald pulled out last week due to injuries.
Hendricks has been calling for a UFC championship shot for the last few months and thinks a win over Condit will finally grant him his request.