Former UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks made his middleweight division debut at UFC Fight Night 105.
Following that middleweight division debut, the former champion claims that he will not be returning to welterweight again.
“I don’t want to see ’70 ever again,” Hendricks said on The MMA Hour. “I’m officially done with it.”
Hendricks had a lot of weight cutting issues that led to the decision to move up a weight class.
During those issues with, the former champion did contemplate retiring from the sport altogether.
“The reason why I thought about retirement was because I didn’t know if the UFC would accept me moving to 185,” Hendricks said. “You put such a legacy at 170 that not just the UFC but the fans, are they going to accept that? Are they going to open their arms and all this kind of stuff. That’s why I wanted to retire, because fighting was not fun. It was 12 weeks of hell and you’re like ‘why am I doing this?’”
UFC Fight Night 112 takes place on Sunday, June 25 from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with no main event announced at this time. Fightful will be providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.
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