Johny Hendricks has made an impressive career through his fights in the ring. From collegial wrestling to the big leagues, he strutted with authority and in the end, he won the title of champion. Behind the Jiu-Jitsu and the powerful offensive attacks in the octagon, we find a family man who is as light as possible.
Who is Johny Hendricks?
Johny Hendricks was born on September 12, 1983, in Ada, Oklahoma as the son of his parents, Nancy Hendricks and Johny Hendricks. His full name at birth is Johny Harvey Hendricks. It is safe to say that Hendricks has been in the ring his whole life. He attended Edmond Memorial High School and was High School State three times and National Champion twice. When he finished high school, his last high school record was an impressive 101-5. He enrolled at Oklahoma State University and rejoined the wrestling team.
He finished his first season in 2003 10-0. In 2004, he finished 5th in the country and his record was 37-7. Between 2005 and 2006, Hendricks won both the Big 12 titles and the NCAA Division I National Championships in both years. His records were 27-4 and 29-1. When he graduated from college, his college record was 159-13.
When college ended, Hendricks trained in Las Vegas in Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu under Marc Laimon. Hendricks signed with Team Takedown a little later and had his first career as a mixed martial arts fighter a little later. His first fight was against Victor Rackliff on September 28, 2007, at the Masters of the Cage 16, Hendricks won over a controversial TKO in the third round. His next fight was against Spencer Cowley, whom he defeated with a TKO in the second round.
In 2008 Hendricks signed multi-discipline contracts with the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting). He defeated Justin Haskins in his first fight at the WEC. He made the leap into the WEC when he defeated Alex Serdyukov by a unanimous decision in the final of his weight class 170 when the WEC decided to take a different path. This new development brought Hendricks to the UFC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He made his UFC debut against Amir Sadollah, Ultimate Fighter 7 champion.
The fight lasted less than half a minute, with Hendricks blocking a high head-butt and then countering with an uppercut. Sadollah was knocked down, and Hendricks made punches rain down until the fight was stopped by the referee. Hendricks won his next three fights against Ricardo Funch, TJ Grant, and Charlie Brenneman. He lost his fifth fight to Ricky Story by unanimous decision.
Hendricks then continued an impressive winning streak of six games that helped him to his title win. That shot came in a fight against Georges St-Pierre for the UFC welterweight championship. Hendricks lost the fight in a controversial split decision, but many analysts believed it was a victory for Hendricks. Sometime later, Georges St-Pierre took an indefinite break from the MMA, his belt was cleared and the title fight between Hendricks and Robbie Lawler began. Hendricks won the match by unanimous decision but lost the return match by split decision.
Hendricks married his wife Christina in 2009. The couple is blessed with four beautiful children. Three charming daughters, Abri, Adli, Avin, and a sweet son, Rigg. Hendricks himself loves to show them off, as his followers would testify on Twitter. His wife is also a great source of encouragement during difficult phases of his career.
On 27 June 2018 Hendricks announced his retirement from professional mixed martial arts. He also stated that he would concentrate on training for wrestling. His career spanned eleven years, from 2007 to 2018, and he made good money with net assets estimated at $2 million.
Other Facts About Johny Hendricks
- His nickname “Big Rigg” comes from a remark of his Jiu-Jitsu trainer, according to which Hendricks hits like a Mack truck.
- In his spare time, Hendricks plays golf and goes hunting. He also spends a lot of time with his family.
- He and his kids sometimes go camping and boating together.
- Hendricks received the third Fight of the Night award in a row in his title fight with Georges St-Pierre.
- Due to his MMA record, he won 18 of 26 fights and lost only 8. He was never beaten by submission.