In typical, take-full-responsibility-for-your-actions fashion, former UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks has opened up about his failed weight cut at UFC 192, and he admits the blame rests squarely on his shoulders.
No, wait. He doesn’t. He says it’s the fault of all the venison he ate.
As per MMAFighting:
Hendricks attributed his botched cut to a number of factors, but none more than his venison-heavy diet during camp.
“That’s what sucks more than anything, is that you work so hard to showcase what you have, and all of a sudden the diet that we were on backfires,” Hendricks said. “Which sucks, but I’ve learned after we did this, we did a lot of research, and I was eating a lot of deer meat and a lot of high-protein animal protein, which, that’s the leading cause of kidney stones and your intestines failing you.
“I had no idea, because I usually eat a lot of fish and a lot of chicken. I wanted to eat more protein, a lot of cleaner protein, so we focused more on that and it ended up backfiring. I think that if I would’ve eaten more chicken and salmon, I wouldn’t have been in this situation.”
“There was a lot of signs that were telling me that I needed to change up my diet, and it wasn’t my weight,” Hendricks said. “My weight, I hit 189 three weeks out of the fight. That’s the first time, and I have proof because one of my coaches was sitting there, they were all worried, ‘we don’t know where your weight’s at,’ they were sort of getting in my face. Like, ‘hey, let’s hit 189 then. I can do that.’ I was walking in at 193. I hit 189, and then that’s when everything sort of started to fall apart.”
Bro, you failed to make weight because you ate too much. End of story. Stop blaming the food.