There was a time when Johny Hendricks was widely regarded to be one of the best, pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, and “Bigg Rigg’ says he’ll get there again, after one more year at Jackson – Wink MMA.
In advance of his bout this Saturday with Paulo Borrachinha , Hendricks headed from Texas to Jackson – Wink MMA again in New Mexico. Clearly the former welterweight champ has been enjoying his time at the renowned gym, as Hendricks told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani the following on Wednesday (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“(Greg) Jackson, he’s so smart when it comes to that aspect. And then (Mike) Wink(eljohn), yo, he’s right there with him. You put those two together, and put my boxing coach in there – you give me a year with those three – Jackson, Wink, and my boxing coach Tony (Cabello), I don’t think anybody beats me on my feet. I don’t think anybody beats me in a year.”
It will be fascinating to see how Hendricks looks against Borrachinha, who is one of Brazil’s top, rising middleweights. Hendricks, meanwhile, is looking to get back on track after he was stopped by Tim Boetsch in June. The 34 year-old is 1-4 in his last 5 bouts.