Johny Hendricks is one of the biggest breakout stars in 2013. He’s beaten some incredible fighters as of late, and he even gave Georges St. Pierre his toughest test to date, and many fans and media felt he did enough to beat GSP to win the welterweight title. Even though he lost, according to the judges, he still gets a chance to fight for the belt against Robbie Lawler, which takes place at UFC 171.
Hendricks has his sights locked on Lawler to seize his championship dreams, but it appears that if Hendricks can clear out the division, much like GSP did, he is entertaining the idea of fighting and retiring as a middleweight. Hendricks confirmed this in a live chat with Dallas News:
“Yes, once I can get through my weight class, I would love to retire at 185. I definitely don’t want to go down a weight class.”
Hendricks is one of the biggest welterweights in the division, walking around at 220 pounds when he isn’t cutting weight. So, in terms of weight, it may be a good idea for him to move up to middleweight, especially as he gets older, where it may be hard to shed off the pounds like he can now.
The cut to middleweight wouldn’t be as drastic, which may given him a boost in the cardio department. First things first, however, as he has to defeat Lawler and UFC 171 to even consider moving up in weight and tackling tougher challenges. Lawler is a dangerous striker, so Hendricks will need to focus on him and plan to go all five rounds. It is nice to see Hendricks make bold claims, because it gets people buzzing. And if he can put a stamp on the welterweight division, which is considered one of the most talented divisions in the UFC, the move to middleweight makes all the more sense.