Johny Hendricks Announces Retirement
In less than 48 hours, two former UFC champions announced their retirement from MMA.
On Monday, it was former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans who walked away from the sport, and now former UFC welterweight titlist Johny Hendricks announced he was done while on MMAJunkie Radio.
“I’m done. I’m retiring,” Hendricks said, “I am getting out of the MMA world. I’ve been thinking about this long and hard for a while. I’m gonna get back to my roots and I’m going to start coaching at All Saints. I coached a little bit of high school last year at Oak Ridge, but I’m making the move over to All Saints. I’m going to start coaching there, start doing those kinds of things.
“One of the things that’s nice is these last seven months, being home, spending time with the kids, not worrying about myself, what I need to do,” Hendricks added. “I was walking around at 200 for three weeks, I was just living the life, I go, ‘Do we really want to do this?’ I know that I’m more happy to do it, but do we want to do this? Do we want to go through the grind that I used to do. Be gone for long periods of time, put my family second and do those kinds of things? Right now I can’t say that.”
Hendricks settled on retirement earlier this month, but wanted to tale the time to see if he was making the right move. the former UFC champ credited his wife with helping come to a final decision.
Hendricks feels one he said he’s retired, there is no coming back, he’s happy to help prepare the next generation of athletes.
“For 20 years of my life, I’ve been at the grind of mental, physical, trying to keep yourself in tip-top shape, and you know what, what I’m doing right now is I’m training some of the guys at my gym and I’m gonna miss sparring and stuff like that,” Hendricks said. “But since I’m training guys, I spar with them twice a month, so I still get sparring, I still get to work hands, I still get to do things that I enjoy. It’s like the best of both worlds for me.”
The Oklahoma native retired with an 18-8 pro record, with a skid of five losses in his last six fights, the last being a second round TKO loss at UFC 217.
Hendricks would rise to the top of division with wins of Jon Fitch, Martin Kampmann, Josh Koscheck, and Carlos Condit, leading to a UFC 167 battle against Georges St-Pierre.
While he would lose the fight for GSP’s welterweight crown by split-decision, St-Pierre’s retirement would set up Hendricks to fae Robbie Lawler for the vacant title at UFC 171. Hendricks would defeat Lawler by unanimous decision, but drop the title to Lawler in a split decision battle at UFC 181.
Even with a world title on his resume, the one thing Hendricks is most proud of, was his ability to stay level headed.
“I was talking to a fan on Sunday and when I was talking to him, it put it into perspective what I’ve accomplished and everything that I wanted to do,” Hendricks said. “Not only hitting where I hit, but also what he said, he’s like, ‘You know what? I’ve met many famous people and you’re the nicest one I’ve met so far.’
“And still today, that’s what I’ve tried to achieve and I think that means more to me than the belt and everything I’ve accomplished.”
Source: MMA Junkie