After successful middleweight debut, “sky’s the limit” for Johny Hendricks

After successful middleweight debut, “sky’s the limit” for Johny Hendricks

Johny Hendricks believes middleweight is the right home for him after a victory at UFC Halifax.

By Oscar Willis - 20 Feb 2017

Johny Hendricks likes fighting in Canada, and he likes fighting at middleweight.

After facing Hector Lombard in his debut at 185-pounds after a string of issues making the welterweight limit in his last few appearances, Hendricks looked a man renewed, and came away with a unanimous judges decision. And according to the Texan, who came into this fight on a three fight losing streak, middleweight is where you’ll find him from now on.

“Man it feels awesome,” Hendricks said post-fight. “Hector Lombard is such a dangerous opponent, even though you wanna attack him, you really can’t. Even in the third round I felt his power. Thank God for the UFC, thank God for giving me this win. thank you to the Canadian fans, I always come here and win in front of you. I am so thankful for Canada.

“The sky’s the limit [at 185]. I couldn’t do that in the last weight class. I have energy, I have energy, I can’t wait to see what I have for me in the future.”

While it was a positive night for the former welterweight champion, it was a missed opportunity for Lombard, who himself now slips to three straight defeats.