Johny Hendricks is a retired mixed martial artist. Johny Hendricks reached the pinnacle of his career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2014. His victory over Robbie Lawler has earned him multiple Fight of the Year awards from various sporting organizations.
In 2014, Hendricks won the UFC Welterweight Championship. He competed in the welterweight and middleweight categories in the UFC during his time there.
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Early Life, Family, and Education
Johny Hendricks was born on September 12, 1983, in Ada, Oklahoma, in the Pontotoc County area.
Keven and Nancy Hendricks gave birth to him. His parents had two additional children in addition to him.
His siblings are Waukita, his sister, and Raymond, his brother. In Ada, he was raised and educated by his siblings.
In Edmond, Oklahoma, Johny enrolled at Edmond Memorial High School. In his high school wrestling career, he achieved an astounding 101-5 win-loss record.
He won the Oklahoma high school wrestling title three times as a result.
He was also the national high school wrestling champion twice while at the institution.
Johny, on the other hand, was undecided about competing in the Olympics in wrestling.
But it was during this period that young Hendricks discovered the joy of combat.
Salary and Net Worth
As of 2022, Johny Hendricks has a net worth of approximately $2 million.
Hendricks has a ten-year MMA record of 18 victories and nine losses. In both UFC 171 and UFC 158, he received $150,000.
Hendricks enjoys a lavish lifestyle with his family. With over 15 years in the ring, the 37-year-old is well-deserving of his retirement.
In addition, as a brand ambassador for Reebok, he earns a substantial quantity of money.
Facts of Johny Hendricks
|Johny Harvey Hendricks
|September 12, 1983
|Ada, Oklahoma, United States
|One Brother and One sister
|38 Years Old
|5’9″ (175 cm)
|84 kg (186 lb)
|Mixed Martial Art Fighter
|Active years in MMA
|2007 – 2018
|Wife/ Spouse’s Name
|Christina Hendricks (m. 2009)
|Three Daughters and One son
|Abri, Adli & Avin
|Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
For his higher education, Johny enrolled in Oklahoma State University, his home state.
He was redshirted in 2003, despite having a 10-0 record. He went 37-7 the next season, finishing fifth in the country at 157 pounds.
He raised himself for the next three seasons, wrestling in the 165-pound division.
Hendricks went on to win Big 12 championships in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He also won the NCAA Division I national titles in 2005 and 2006 with 27-4, 29-4, and 34-0 win-loss records in those three years.
However, he finished second to Mark Perry of the University of Iowa in the final season. During his undergraduate career, he had a 159-13 record.
MMA Career Training and Establishment
Soon after graduating, Hendricks began training at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu in Las Vegas under Marc Laimon. Shane Roller and Jake Rosholt, both former wrestlers, also joined him there.
Later, in Texas, he joined Team Takedown. He was given financial support for his training and was required to split the profits from the matches he won.
In September 2007, Johny made his professional debut against Victor Rackliff, winning by TKO at Masters of the Cage 16 in Oklahoma City.
He defeated Spencer Cowley with a TKO at Snakebite Fight Night in Tulsa later that year.
In late March 2008, he made his broadcast debut at HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League in Tulsa. He defeated Richard Gamble in a submission match there.
Hendricks inked a multi-fight agreement with World Extreme Cagefighting. On the same day, his training partners Roller and Rosholt signed.
Johny defeated Justin Haskins at WEC 37 in December 2008.
Soon after, in March 2009, he won a unanimous decision against Alex Serdyukov at WEC 39. After his match, the WEC announced that the welterweight division would be removed from its tournaments.
As a result, his match at WEC 39 was the last in the history of the 170-pound class.
Career in the UFC
Hendricks’ weight class was abolished from the WEC, therefore he could no longer compete. In 2009, he signed with the UFC in pursuit of a fresh stage and new challenges in his career.
Brock Lesnar, a professional wrestler, was competing in the UFC at the time.
In August 2009, he made his UFC debut in Philadelphia against former UFC champion Amir Sadollah. Within 29 seconds, Hendricks had knocked down Amir with a series of punches.
In December 2009, at UFC 107, he won a unanimous decision over Ricardo Funch for the second time.
In May, he won his third straight fight with a majority decision over TJ Grant at UFC 113.
In August 2010, he also TKO’d Charlie Brenneman in the second round. In December 2020, at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, he finally succumbed to defeat. Rick Story was declared the winner by a unanimous vote.
Hendricks defeated TJ Waldburger by TKO in the first round at UFC Fight Night 24 in 2011. He won the Knockout of the Night award as a result of his victory. He also won a split decision over Mike Pierce at UFC 133.
His next fight was against Jon Fitch, the No. 2 welterweight at the time.
Hendricks won the match by knockout in the first round after only 12 seconds. As a result, he was named Knockout of the Night.
Similarly, he received the same distinction at UFC 154 when he fought Martin Kampmann. There, he KO’d Martin in the first round after only 46 seconds.
Carlos Condit was his second victim in March of 2013. Hendricks defeated him by unanimous decision once more. Both participants were given the title of Fight of the Night.
In November 2013, Hendricks fought Georges St-Pierre for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Regrettably, Georges prevailed in a contentious split judgment.
As a result, he had to make do with a Fight of the Night award to satisfy his title-winning dreams.
Despite this, all members of the media and the UFC president claimed that Hendricks should have won that night.
In December 2013, Georges relinquished the title belt. As a result, the title fight between Hendricks and Robbie Lawler was announced.
The bout took place at UFC 171 in March 2014, and Hendricks won by unanimous decision.
As a consequence, he was awarded the UFC Welterweight Championship as well as the Fight of the Night award.
In a rematch at UFC 181, he was unable to defend his championship against Robbie. He had to hand over the title to Robbie after losing by a unanimous decision.
In March of the following year, Hendricks won a unanimous decision over Matt Brown at UFC 185. In October, though, he had an intestinal blockage and a kidney stone attack.
In February 2016, he was defeated by Stephen Thompson in the opening round of UFC Fight Night 82. He got knocked out in the first round for the first time in his MMA career.
Similarly, he was defeated by Kevin Gastelum by unanimous decision at UFC 200. He also had to give Kevin 20% of his purse because he missed the weight by one-fourth of a pound.
Neil Magny defeated him once more in December 2016 at UFC 207.
He had to give up 20% of his money to his opponent there as well, as he had crossed the welterweight division by two and a half pounds.
He eventually dropped out of the welterweight division after repeatedly exceeding the weight limit.
In 2017, Hendricks moved up to the middleweight division. Later, at UFC Fight Night 105, he won a majority decision against Hector Lombard in the class’s first fight.
He did, however, lose by TKO in the early second round to Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 112 in June. He weighed two pounds more than the middleweight limit there.
In November 2017, Johny fought his final match under his UFC contract at UFC 217. It was a losing effort against Paulo Costa, who was defeated by a TKO.
As a result, he stopped fighting in MMA in June 2018. He did, however, express a desire to return to wrestling as a coach in his retirement statement.
Bare Knuckle Boxing
After retiring from MMA, Hendricks was expected to pursue a career in bare-knuckle boxing. Brennan Ward, a retired MMA fighter, was his opponent in his first fight.
During fight week, he was replaced by Dakota Cochrane. In November 2018, the bout took place at the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation’s debut event. Dakota, unfortunately, defeated Hendricks in the second round.
Awards and Titles
During his high school career, Hendricks began to accumulate championships and awards.
He won the NCAA Division I championship in the 165-pound division twice throughout his collegiate career.
Similarly, he was an NCAA Division I All-American at Oklahoma State University for four years.
He has won the Big 12 Conference Championship on two occasions.
He had won the USA Junior Freestyle Championship two times in high school.
He is most known for winning the UFC Welterweight Championship once.
Three times he’s won Knockout of the Night and three times he’s won Fight of the Night. In 2012, he was named Fighter of the Year by MMAValor.com.
In 2014, he was also named Fight of the Year by mnafighting.com, Sherdog, MMAJunkie.com, Bleacher Report, and The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
Relationships and Children
In 2009, Johny Hendricks married Christina. As of now, the gorgeous couple has four children: three daughters and one son.
Their daughters are Abri, Aldi, and Avin, and their son is Rigg. Their youngest child, born in 2016, is their son.
Hendricks spends ample time with his family now that he is retired.
Furthermore, he is a faithful husband who is completely dedicated to his wife. As of now, the pair hasn’t had any major squabbles.
Similarly, neither of them has been linked to any extramarital affairs till now.
As a result, it’s safe to infer that they enjoy a fantastic marriage.
Social Media Presence
Johny Hendricks is active on social media, however, he only publishes once every few months.
He has Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts. As a result, Hendricks uses such accounts to share images of his family.
His Twitter has 276.1 thousand users, Facebook has 103 thousand users and Instagram has 31.2 thousand users.