Johny Hendricks: “Boxing is not my strong point, my jiu-jitsu is better”
Bold statement from the Collegiate wrestler turned knockout machine. UFC 154 marked Johny Hendricks’ fifth straight victory in the octagon, with three by way of knockout. Hendricks has now placed himself in the number one spot for a title shot, which he feels he is more than ready for.
“That’s why I laugh when people say ‘we’ve figured out your left hand.’ My boxing isn’t my strong point. It’s something I’ve only been doing for five years; I’ve only been striking for five years. I’ve done wrestling my whole entire life,” Hendricks told MMAWeekly Radio. “So if anybody’s going to say anything, wrestling is my strong point. I feel my jiu-jitsu is better than my hands.”
With all the current talks of a ‘super-fight’ between St-Pierre and middleweight champ Anderson Silva, Hendricks is more than aware that he may be waiting some time for a potential title shot. Regardless, at the age of 29, Hendricks is focusing on positives.
“I can only get better. Look at how much better I got in just three months of being able to focus on training. I’m still developing as a fighter; I’ve only had 14 fights in my career. I think once I hit 20 fights that’s where I’m going to be at my peak,” said Hendricks.
“Always improving, that’s the No. 1 goal of mine.”