After almost 12 years, Johny Hendricks says he’s decided to retire from MMA… and leaves with no regrets.
During an appears on “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show” on Monday (July 2), the 34-year-old former UFC champ said he’s just “over the sport”.
“Realistically, I’m over it. I’m over the sport,” Hendricks said. “I did my part and I can say I’m out of the MMA world and I don’t have to worry about something else happening.”
Hendricks (18-8) made it all the way to the top in the UFC, becoming the welterweight champion, when he defeated Robbie Lawler at UFC 171 in March 2014. After that, he lost six of his last eight fights, including back-to-back TKO losses in 2017, what will be his final two fights.
What’s next? He told Helwani that he will coach wrestling at Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas.
“I’ve been thinking about it…should I give it another shot, should I not?” Hendricks said. “And with that big question being taken away now I felt a lot of relief and I’m feeling really good about my decision. I still get to wake up, I train once a day, I’m still training wrestling, I’m still working out with guys. The only difference is, I don’t have somebody sitting here saying, ‘Oh, you’re walking around at 208 right now, you’re fat, you need to lose weight.'”
One of the most memorable moments in his career was his fight against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 in 2013. While most believed he won the fight, GSP took a controversial split decision.