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Johny Hendricks tells us what’s in the secret sauce


Johny Hendricks is widely considered to be the guy with the best chance of taking out Georges St Pierre, mainly on the strength of his ability to knock mofos out left and right. There’s a certain amount of mystery behind why certain people are KO monsters and others aren’t, but here’s Johny himself explaining how he thinks it works for him:

“Wrestlers tend to have bigger legs, bigger hips and butt and a stronger back,” he says. “Combine all those things, and what really makes you throw punches are your legs and your butt. I think that’s really where my power comes from, that ability to make those quick hip movements. In wrestling you have to react in seconds, in a blink of an eye. That’s the same in fighting: Your hips have got to be able to react on their own. I think that’s one reason I can hit so hard. I just let my body take over. I let my eyes see what needs to be seen and I let my body react the way it needs to react.”

“You don’t have to hit someone that hard to knock someone out,” he says. “The way that I hit people, I don’t hit them that hard. I hit them 80 percent, just like training. What I do is I really focus on the accuracy part. If you move your head, I still want to be able to hit you. If you lean back, I still want to be able to touch you. I think that’s the most important part. No matter what happens, whenever I throw a punch, I at least want to get close enough that they have to respect it.”

I have no doubt Georges will respect it which is why it will take all of Johny’s strength and skill to stay on his feet during this fight. But for once, the guy with dynamite in his hands also has some sick wrestling to boot. And the confidence to actually sling leather when he is vertical. All it would take is one solid connection…

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    His breakdown of wrestle-puncher anatomy is plain-English enough for even MMA fans to appreciate. Bravo!

    “But for once” Did you sleep through both of the Kos fights?

  • Fightlinker

    Kos has dynamite in his hands?

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    GSP certainly thought so!

    He’s not as accurate as Johnny imo, but he certainly hits like a truck.

  • iamphoenix

    didn’t kos break gsp’s eye?

  • CAP

    Other way around GSP jabbed his way to breaking Kos’s orbital bone. then shields messed up GSPs eye.

  • iamphoenix

    gsp hasnt finished a fight since 1998

  • 2wrongs

    So let me get this straight, JH is the only guy with big legs, a big butt and a big back?

    Last fight against Condit, it looked like someone told him that he could only punch with his left hand off the balls of his feet.