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Johny Hendricks claims that poor hand wraps had him punching GSP at only 70% power

The UFC Welterweight contender says that a bad hand-wrapping job caused him to pull back on his punches against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167.

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Not that we're making excused now, but Johny Hendricks just wants everyone to know that if he gets another shot at UFC Welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, next time he'll get the knockout. From an interview with the Dallas Morning-News:

DMN: You said you only used 70 percent of your power against GSP? What happened to your knuckles? And there was a problem taping your gloves?

Hendricks: I usually get a thick wrap and this time I didn't do that. Instead of me asking for a thicker wrap, I kept my mouth shut. It's my fault. That's on me. It means I hit hard enough that I can punch through the 4 oz gloves. So that's what made my hands get bruised. I couldn't punch as hard as I could (have). The more injured I get, the less I get to use it, the more he gets comfortable, so I had to tone down my power. I was still hurting at 70 percent. Wait till I get a full hand wrap. That only builds confidence, because I beat the pound for pound best fighter in the world. I will be back, and I will be stronger than before.

Glad we got that cleared up. Thanks Johny.

SBN coverage of UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks

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