The 2013 UFC World Tour kicked off Monday afternoon at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Four months from now, Johny Hendricks will have the opportunity of a lifetime when he challenges current champ Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight title. The number contender of the welterweight division told reporters that believes he has more advantages than the champ.
“I feel like I’m stronger. I feel like I’m faster. I know I hit harder and my wrestling is better. I’m going to go out there and say my wrestling is better. Just ’cause it’s MMA, it’s a little bit different, but [my fists] help takedowns. Nobody’s gonna let me throw a punch and not keep their hands up. So in return, it makes shooting easier,” Hendricks explained.
“I’m a different fighter than he is. He’s the type of guy who wants to sit back, wait, wait, wait, as soon as you extend yourself, he’s going to come underneath. I’m the guy that’s going to move forward, make you put hands in your face to make you react and however you react, that’s the way I’m going to go.”
And to add to his arsenal, Hendricks said he’s working on developing his right hand’s power and accuracy ahead of the bout.
“I hit a power meter, I’m only ten behind my left with my right hand,” Johny said. “I’ve been using my right hand more than my left. I’ve pretty much been hurting some people, but it needs to be done. And I have yet to throw it hard because I want my training partners to keep coming back. So, I throw it with some bad intent, but not to kill.”
Previously, Hendricks has gone on record stating that he hasn’t ever unleashed his full power inside the Octagon. That’s something he promises will finally happen in November.
“I’m going to try to use everything I’ve got. I’ve been conserving it because of this right here,” Hendricks said. “This is the fight that you have to let everything go. I want to walk away, win or lose, I left everything in the Octagon. And this is going to be the fight that I let everything go. Broken hand or not, my hands have finally gotten to where they can withstand my power hitting 100 percent. That’s what I was sort of waiting for is my bone density and everything for it to get to where it can withstand everything. Now it’s just about going out there and just sharpening up everything and just letting it all fly when the time comes.”
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Hendricks family welcomed another baby girl to their brood. The proud father said everyday that whenever he wakes up and holds his baby girl in his arms, he finds motivation and inspiration to make sure he does everything he can to bring home UFC gold.
“That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I’ve got to win this belt. Those girls right there, that’s my world. That’s why I do this and that’s why I’m going to get my hand raised.”
St-Pierre vs. Hendricks will headline UFC 167 on November 16 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.