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Johny Hendricks Scouting Report


Johny Hendricks Scouting Report
(Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports)


Johny Hendricks Scouting Report


5’9″ 185 lbs (Middleweight)
69″ reach, Southpaw
Sept 12, 1983


18-8 (UFC: 13-8)

Current Streak

2 straight losses


Two-time NCAA National Champion wrestler
Four-time NCAA All-American wrestler
Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Championships Held

UFC Welterweight Champion: 2014  (no successful title defenses)



– world class wrestler
– knockout power – heavy hands (heaviest left hand in the sport?)
– has never been knocked out or submitted (only TKO’d)
– very strong/powerful
– good clinch striker
– very accurate striker
– a takedown machine – relentless
– great cardio
– extremely quick at closing distance



– very short for a middleweight
– average reach
– poor striking defense – takes a lot of hits
– surprisingly not very successful with his takedown attempts
– mediocre takedown defense also
– still fairly raw – relies on heavy hands & wrestling
– doesn’t look for submissions
– has had serious weight cut issues
– in a massive slump
– TKOd last two fights
– old for a fighter



Is the Bigg Rigg on the downslope of his career?  Or will the move to middleweight resurrect it?