UFC Welterweight champ Hendricks won’t use bicep injury as an excuse

Oct 12, 2014, 3:36 PM | Updated: Oct 13, 2014, 12:17 pm
UFC Welterweight champ Johny Hendricks will meet Robbie Lawler in a huge rematch at UFC 181. (AP)...
UFC Welterweight champ Johny Hendricks will meet Robbie Lawler in a huge rematch at UFC 181. (AP)
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Johny Hendricks’ last fight was a classic with Robbie Lawler that decided the UFC Welterweight Championship in March. Hendricks won the fight and the title, but he didn’t make it out unscathed. In fact, he didn’t even enter it unscathed.

The man called “Big Rig” suffered a torn biceps in training 10 days before that fight, something that drastically altered how he fought Lawler.

“I wasn’t able to set up my hands like I usually am,” Hendricks told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Bob Stelton on “Get in the Cage” Friday. “My takedowns were not effective. … (I wasn’t) able to grab with my right arm.”

Now that Hendricks and Lawler will meet once again for the title at UFC 181 on Dec. 6, Hendricks doesn’t expect to have the same handicap since his biceps is in better shape. But if he ends up on the losing end, don’t expect to hear from him about any injuries.

“It’s doing good,” he said. “I’m not gonna use it as a crutch. … If I win, I don’t mind talking about it. Now if I don’t win, you’ll never hear about it.”

To hear what else Hendricks had to say about his upcoming fight with Lawler, listen to the full interview on the “Get in the Cage” podcast page.

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