One of the heaviest punchers in all of MMA right now is Johny Hendricks. The way he uses his left straight punch is impressive to behold, especially when he’s going up against elite competition. To date, he has over five finishes in his UFC career, all of which sent his opponents to the canvas in dramatic fashion. Hendricks is also one of the hottest fighters in the welterweight division, sporting a six-fight winning streak.
His most impressive finishes inside the UFC were against Jon Fitch and Martin Kampmann. Both of these opponents were flattened by Hendricks’s left power punch, showing that it only takes one of these bombs to end a fight quickly.
His latest performance over Carlos Condit proved he can hang with the best of them in this stacked division, and gave him the chance to fight for the belt against Georges St. Pierre, who is considered one of the greatest mixed martial artists to ever step inside the cage.
Not only does Hendricks possess one-punch knockout power, but he is one of the best wrestlers in the division. Holding multiple titles in NCAA wrestling under Oklahoma State, Hendricks has been able to transition his wrestling smoothly to MMA. His wrestling was on full display in his bouts with T.J. Wallburger, Josh Koscheck, and most recently against Condit.
If there was ever a fighter to challenge GSP in all facets of MMA, it’s Hendricks, and he seems to have the right mentality heading into his championship bout, which takes place at UFC 167.