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UFC 171’s Johny Hendricks Still Waiting For “World Champion” To Feel Real

Johny Hendricks thanked God, his family, his fans and the UFC after becoming champion at UFC 171, a moment “Bigg Rigg” will never forget.

Hendricks, who felt like he won the belt last year vs. Georges St-Pierre, was forced to listen to the announcement of the scorecards a second time. However, it was his name that came out of Bruce Buffer’s mouth and his waist the belt went around.

“It feels so surreal right now,” he said, during the FOX Sports 2 post-fight show. “It feels like it’s not true.

“When it sinks in, I’m sure I’ll feel better.”

Hendricks had a badly bruised right eye, and complained of issues with one of his arms during the middle of the fight. He controlled the action through the first 10 minutes, but needed a strong fifth to secure the decision.

“When it was cut, I think the middle of the third, it was blurry and I couldn’t see much out of it,” he said. “But you’ve got to adapt. If I wanted to win, I knew I had to do something to make it where it wouldn’t happen as much. I knew he was going to hit me and it was going to hurt, but I knew I could get some punches in return and that’s what I did.”

Hendricks knows he will have plenty of challengers coming after him, as Tyron Woodley, Rory MacDonald and even Nick Diaz have made claims to being the No. 1 contender. There’s also GSP, who vacated the belt after defeating Hendricks.

“The UFC picks my opponents,” he said. “That’s who I’m going to fight. I want to beat No. 2 and if they’re hurt, I’ll face No. 3.”

Diego Sanchez Learned Valuable Lesson About Hotel Food

Diego Sanchez looked over his hotel food choices and made a decision he would later regret.

Sanchez, who dropped a decision to Myles Jury at UFC 171 this weekend, blamed food poisoning for his performance inside the Octagon.

“I wasn’t myself (Saturday) night I sustained food poisoning from eating a beef tar tar with raw quail egg as (an) appetizer at dinner,” he wrote on Twitter. “This was my own mistake I ordered it thinking I need red meat but raw was the wrong choice.

“I threw up at 2 a.m. and all day fight day.”

Sanchez, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, stated he was forced to abandon his wrestling vs. Jury because he “didn’t have the strength.”

“I was weak and my performance showed,” he said. “Jury and his team fought a good fight against me and they did win, but I wanted my fans to know the truth why I was not all there.

“Take what you want from it it is the truth. I made a horrible choice and it’s no ones fault but mine. I’m heart broken and very very motivated it hurts so bad. I’ll be back better than ever!”

UFC 171: Myles Jury Still Perfect After Picking Diego Sanchez Apart

Myles Jury expected a three-round war with Diego Sanchez at UFC 171 Saturday night.

Instead, Jury walked out of the Octagon with an easy – at least in his words – win over the former winner of The Ultimate Fighter.

Jury (14-0) is now tied with a host of others with five straight victories at lightweight. He has downed the likes of Sanchez, Mike Ricci and Michael Johnson.

“Not to sound cocky, but just beating him so easily (surprised me),” Jury said. “Not sounding cocky. He is a household name, a warrior and I feel he has the biggest heart in the UFC.”

Using his precision striking, Jury “gave him a pretty good beating” through the first round, cutting up Sanchez with a right-hand. The TUF alum continued to get the better of Sanchez on the feet, and also scored a handful of takedowns.

“I am a technical fighter, but I always have my heart as a backup,” he said. “I work hard in the gym with Alliance MMA.”

Johny Hendricks: Deciding Contenders Is Above My Pay Grade

New UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks endeared himself to Chael Sonnen Saturday night after UFC 171.

Hendricks picked up the belt with a decision victory over Robbie Lawler in the main event, moving to the top of the pecking order.

With the likes of Tyron Woodley, Hector Lombard, Rory MacDonald and maybe even Georges St-Pierre chasing after him now, Sonnen asked “Bigg Rigg” who he wants next.

“I don’t care,” he said, during the post-fight show on FOX Sports 2. “It’s above my pay grade (to decide that).”

Hendricks was heckled by Nick Diaz during his weigh-in attempt Friday after missing 170 pounds on his first attempt. Diaz, a former contender, was in attendance in Dallas.

“It’s not my job (to determine the contender),” he added.

UFC 171: Kelvin Gastelum Overcomes Weight Issues, Rick Story To Serve Notice

It wasn’t easy, but Kelvin Gastelum proved he can take what the welterweight division in the UFC has to offer.

The former Ultimate Fighter winner improved to 8-0 with a decision victory over Rick Story Saturday night at UFC 171, and did so while dealing with adversity.

First, Gastelum missed weight upon initially hitting the scales Friday. He retreated to the back and cut down the necessary pounds to keep from surrendering any of his fight purse, but looked worn out after doing so.

The 22-year-old appeared well on his way to picking up another first round victory over Story, rocking the veteran early. However, Story showed his experience, coming back in the second.

For Gastelum, a fight like this was the perfect measuring tool for showing he is here to stay.

His story has been well-told, as Gastelum was the final pick on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen by Chael Sonnnen. He entered an underdog, and left still one after upsetting Uriah Hall in the finals.

Gastelum, though, has shown his abilities now in wins over Brian Melancon and Story. While still young in age and experience, he is one to watch in the welterweight division.

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