The fight is quickly approaching and Johny Hendricks’s pre-fight beard is well on its way to full bloom, for his much anticipated title shot against welterweight champion George St. Pierre, at UFC 167.
November 16th is the day set and the venue is the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. On that night, “Bigg Rigg” will be looking to take his formidable wrestling and KO power into the Octagon, in an effort to rest the belt from the most dominate 170 pound champion in UFC history.
His challenge that night will be to use the same skills that the champion has seen and resoundingly defeated, before and hope that his use of wrestling and power punches proves better than that of Josh Koscheck or Jon Fitch
The biggest threat that Hendricks brings to the fight is his big left. He is renowned for it. It has dramatically dropped, in highlight reel fashion, the likes of Martin Kampmann and Jon Fitch. The punch Johny’s stock and trade in terms of fight strategy.
However, Bigg Rigg isn’t satisfied with just having a power left and has been in quest of adding a power right to his arsenal, as well. In his upcoming bout with GSP, its Hendricks’s intent to demonstrate that the quest is over, and that he’s found the object of his desires. To that end, Johny’s goal is to KO the champ with that right.
In speaking with FightHub TV, Bigg Rigg put it this way:“I can lay you out with both hands. Ya know what I mean? Everybody thinks that my left hand is the hand that’s going to do it. My goal is to put it away and knock him out with my right…that’s what it’s about, is letting the world know I can do it with both.”
If Hendricks has developed not only KO power in his right hand, but more importantly, the ability to deliver it effectively in a fight, then this could prove a very valuable and possibly decisive weapon for the challenger.
As most would figure, if Rush is going to stand and trade with Bigg Rigg, then he’s probably going to be circling away from Johny’s left. If so and Hendricks has developed power in his right, then it means GSP could be circling into the line of fire of Johny’s (new) heavy right. As such, that could prove to be a dangerous place for the champ to find himself in.
No matter what happens in this fight one thing is most certainly true of it going in, and that is this, Hendricks is convinced that he can out wrestle and out power the champ on his way to a KO victory. He is the very definition of confidence on the subject.
However, in terms of his confidence in his right to do the job, fans will recall that Johny made similar statements about his Jiu Jitsu prior to his last fight and bout with Carlos Condit. In lead up to that match, Bigg Rigg stated that his BJJ was (now) on a par with or better than, his powerful left hand. Yet, as the case proved out, Hendricks had nothing for Condit in the way of submissions offense during that bout and spent all of his time in top position fending off Condit’s (off his back) submission attempts.
In considering it, however, where it was unreasonable to believe that Hendricks had developed an imposing BJJ game prior to his fight with Condit, it is reasonable, however, to believe that he has developed power in his right and the means to deliver it in the fight.
Regardless though, Hendricks, with or without KO power in his right hand, still stands as a tough challenge and a serious threat to the champion, and one that he’ll need to be cautious of and prepared for.