Johny Hendricks Rebuilding The 'Bigg Rigg' In Albuquerque

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Johny Hendricks is looking to turn his career around in a big way, and the former champion is taking the necessary steps to make that happen.

Amidst a run in which the former wrestling standout found victory in just one of his last five showings, "Bigg Rigg" decided to seek out the tutelage of two of the top trainers in the game in Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn. This led Hendricks to load up his truck and head out to Albuquerque, where a collection of some of the best fighters in the game train on a daily basis.

What Hendricks found in New Mexico reignited his drive for combat, and the former welterweight titleholder-turned-middleweight slugger detailed the process during a recent interview with Submission Radio.



"Training partners can be hard to find here in Texas, but out there are partners upon partners," Hendricks said. "There are people who are ready to train all day long and they opened their arms to me at Jackson's. We just started working and that's what I need. I needed someone to push me. I have coaches here who push me, but I needed the training partners who can push me as well.

"I'll still be training here in Texas because I can't leave my family for that long, but I plan on doing the majority of my camps in New Mexico."

Hendricks had no issue getting sparring rounds in, but it was the coaching that made the inaugural trip worthwhile. Jackson and Winkeljohn have shaped a laundry list of world champions and the guidance provided to Hendricks during the visit has him believing he can reach the top once again.


"It's time for me to rebuild my career," Hendricks said. "After talking to Jackson and Winkeljohn, we have a pretty solid game plan. I've had this game plan to sorta do it but didn't know how if that makes sense. I didn't have the partners to do it. Without getting into too much of what we are working on they've told me and they've looked at me and said, 'This is what we can make you.' And I said, 'Let's do it.'

"I know what they can possibly do to me and I'm willing to throw all my eggs into that basket."

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