“It sucks, but it is what it is,” Hendricks told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show on Wednesday.
“I’ve done my campaigning,” Hendricks said. “I’ve done all I can do, and now that you have Jake Ellenberger in front of you, you can’t keep dwelling on the past. Right now if I don’t focus on Jake Ellenberger, then he could go out there and beat me just because you’re focused on something totally different. You’ve got to know Jake Ellenberger is a tough fight. It sucks that you do all this work and you’re not there, but guess what? It’s not the end of the world. I’m still able to fight. If I win this one, then I know I’ll be right where I was.”
But if he loses, Hendricks could slide down the welterweight ladder. This close to a title shot, it’s not a drop he wants to make.
“[Ellenberger] has shown that he can knock people out, and whenever you have that kind of power, you have to respect it,” Hendricks said. “You have to know, ‘OK, this guy is a heavy-handed guy.’ … That’s what makes fighting people like that a little bit more of a challenge, a fun challenge, because no matter what happens -- it might be the second or third round -- you still have to worry about everything. It makes it that much more exciting.”
Hendricks will have plenty of time to prepare for his March date with Ellenberger, but he had actually already been training for St. Pierre.
“We watched footage every day,” he said. “We were training stuff every day for about a week and a half before the news came out. I was excited. I thought I was going to have to compete against Anderson Silva to fight [St. Pierre]. That’s a tough person to compete against, and here it is somebody in my division that beat me to it. It is what it is.”
It’s another obstacle, but Hendricks is resolving himself to the task ahead. He considers Ellenberger just as difficult an opponent as St. Pierre and a “little bit more dangerous.”
“[With] Georges St. Pierre you don’t have to worry about knockout punches,” Hendricks said. “You’ve just got to worry about getting taken down. [With] Ellenberger, you’ve got to worry about the punch and also his takedowns. I’ve fought a couple of guys just like that, so I think I’m prepared.”
Listen to the full interview (beginning at 59:55).view original article >>
UFC middleweight Brad Tavares didn’t think much about fighting Elias Theodorou until he saw their respective stats in the promotion’s video game. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, Radio Highlight, read news >>
Johny Hendricks’ obsession with a Georges St-Pierre rematch is real. All you need to do is hear him speak.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Jake Ellenberger.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
The knockout Jake Ellenberger suffered against Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 108 was one of the most vicious in recent memory. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with Jake Ellenberger.Filed under: News, Radio, UFC read news >>
MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Johny Hendricks, Mauro Ranallo, Bristol Marunde and Dan Tom.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
On Saturday, once again Yair Rodriguez has a matchup with someone who is on the back end of his career, if not past his prime. Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
Ben Nguyen didn’t have to wait long to get a new opponent after Joseph Benavidez announced Wednesday he was out of their scheduled flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 110.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Did Georges St-Pierre’s slow ramp up to a UFC return prove to be his undoing? Is Bellator really going to give more former UFC champs a chance to come back? Why don’t more people see Stipie Miocic as read news >>
MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Johny Hendricks, Andrew Simon and John Morgan.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News, UFC read news >>