Four years ago at UFC 167, Johny Hendricks was perhaps unfortunate not to have dethroned Georges St-Pierre as the UFC’s welterweight champion. Last Saturday at UFC 217, both men competed at middleweight, with GSP winning the middleweight belt from Michael Bisping, while Hendricks was beaten up and stopped by Paulo Henrique Costa. The lopsided defeat dropped him to 2-5 in his last seven fights, and it may be the end of the road for “Bigg Rigg.”
Leading up to fight night, the Calgary Sun reported that Hendricks’ contract was set to run out after UFC 217. At this point, it’s hard to imagine Hendricks continuing to compete inside the Octagon, especially given his repeated weight cutting issues, along with past quotes indicating that he might retire.
Hendricks took to Instagram, where he wrote that “it feels good to be home.”
At his peak, Hendricks was known for his vaunted knockout power, sturdy chin, and relentless wrestling, but he’s not scored a knockout since 2012, he’s been TKO’d three times in just over a year, and he went 0-for-4 on takedown attempts vs. Costa.
It’s been almost entirely downhill for the 34-year-old since losing his welterweight title to Robbie Lawler, and prospects of him staying on the UFC roster look bleak.