Johny Hendricks Discusses a Possible Move to Middleweight
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.12.2014
He has a time frame in mind…
- Johny Hendricks recently spoke about a possible move to 185 and more. Here are the highlights…
On a Possible Move to 185: "It's something that I've thought about, but I don't think it's now. I think it's like two, three years from now. I'm only getting older, and the older you get, the harder it is to cut. I'd love to fight at 185. Not having to cut down to 170? Are you kidding me?"
On What He Would Have to Deal With Moving to 185: "I walk around at 215, 220," he said. "That's an average cut for a 185-pounder. That's probably what the 185ers are walking around at. So the only thing that hurts me is that I'm 5-foot-9. I still thought about it, and I talked to my coaches, too. It doesn't hurt me because everybody that I fight is 6-, 6-foot-2 with a 75-, 76-inch reach. They're all tall guys, and I have to get inside of them. Then you start thinking of some of the great fighters. Mike Tyson, he's one of them. He fought everybody that was way bigger than him. The only thing I would have to do is get some strength. I'm very strong at 215, but I have to lose some muscle in camp to get down to 170."
On Doing Work at 170: "Maybe it never gets hard to make 170. I was just trying to give myself different avenues. " … I've definitely got to do work at 170. There's a lot of talented guys at 170. By all means, I'm not looking past the 170 class. What I'm always doing is looking to the future. I just can't stay in the moment."