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Former UFC champ Johny Hendricks packs up trailer and heads for Jackson-Wink MMA


Dann StuppPerhaps a change of scenery will do some good for former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC), who recently dropped out of the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, is currently stuck in a 1-4 skid and has missed weight in three of his past four bouts; the lone fight he made weight for actually took place at middleweight. However, in his most recent bout – against middleweight Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 112 in June – he also failed to make weight and tipped the scale at 188 pounds before a second-round TKO loss.

The 34-year-old, who had a brief UFC title reign in 2014, is now headed to Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn’s famed camp in Albuquerque, N.M. ahead of his next bout.

He made the announcement on Sunday (via Twitter):

“Loading up, and heading to Jackson-Wink’s MMA,” Hendricks says in the video. “I’m super excited. I can’t wait to get there. I’ll keep you all posted.”

MMAjunkie could not immediately reach Hendricks to determine if it’s a temporary or full-time move. “Big Rigg” is a longtime Team Takedown member who recently branched out with coach Steven Wright.

Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) next fights middleweight Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 217. The event takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

With a loaded fight card, Hendricks, a two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion, is expected to fight on the FS1 prelims. And given his recent results, he could be fighting for his UFC job at the big event.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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