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Johny Hendricks
Born September 12, 1983 (1983-09-12) (age 26)
Ada, Oklahoma
Nationality United States American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Team Team TakeDown
MMA record
Total 7
Wins 7
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 2
Losses 0
Draws 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Johny Hendricks (born September 12, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and a former accomplished amateur wrestler.

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Collegiate Wrestling Career

While competing for Oklahoma State University, Hendricks won the 2005 and 2006[1] NCAA Division I wrestling title at 165-pounds, and he finished second in 2007[2] after falling to Mark Perry from the University of Iowa. The loss to Perry was Hendricks' only one suffered during his senior year at OSU, during which he had compiled a 56-0 record coming into the bout[3].

In addition to his two national championships, Hendricks was a 4-time All-American at OSU and a three-time Big 12 Conference champion (2005, 2006 & 2007)[1]. During his high school wrestling career at Edmond Memorial High School, Hendricks won three Oklahoma state titles and the 160-pound high school national championship.

Early Mixed Martial Arts Career

After graduating from OSU in 2007, Hendricks moved to Las Vegas and signed with Team TakeDown[1], along with two other former OSU wrestlers, Shane Roller and Jake Rosholt. Hendricks began training for an MMA career and made his professional MMA debut on September 28, 2007, in which he scored a third round TKO (punches) over Victor Ratcliff at Masters of the Cage 16 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma[4]. Hendricks fought once more in 2007, and defeated Spencer Cowley with a second round TKO (punches) at Snakebite Fight Night from Tulsa, Oklahoma[5][6].

Hendricks made (and won) his television debut on March 15, 2008 with a first round submission (Brabo Choke) victory over Richard Gamble at HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League[7], also from Tulsa, before signing a multi-fight deal with World Extreme Cagefighting (along with Roller and Rosholt)[8].

While in the WEC, Hendricks won two more fights—a December 3, 2008 TKO (strikes) over Justin Haskins at WEC 37[9] (Hendricks' first fight outside of Oklahoma) and a unanimous decision win over Alex “The Russian Crusher” Serdyukov at WEC 39[10], which was the last 170-pound fight in WEC history due to the company's decision to dissolve its welterweight division and focus on lighter fighters[3].

The Move to UFC

With the WEC eliminating his weight class, Hendricks had to find another place to fight and chose to make the jump to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). In May 2009, it was announced that Hendricks would be making his UFC debut against Ultimate Fighter 7 champion Amir Sadollah at UFC 101 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 8, 2009[11].

In the opening seconds of the first round, Hendricks blocked a high head kick from Sadollah and countered with an uppercut knocking Sadollah to his knees. Hendricks continued to land punches until referee Dan Miragliotta pulled him off and ended the fight 29 seconds into the first round. After beating Sadollah, he jumped up and ran across the cage with a huge smile on his face, earning him the unofficial nickname "Happy Beard Guy" among fight fans. Some people criticized Miragliotta for stopping the fight too early, as Sadollah seemed to be trying to get up, but Miragliotta defended his stoppage saying Sadollah was "out of it" and "still looked glassy eyed and asked me what happened." [12]

Hendricks defeated UFC newcomer Ricardo Funch on December 12, 2009 at UFC 107.[13]

Personal life

Johny and his wife Christina have a daughter named Abri who was born on October 18, 2009.[14]

On MMA Junkie Radio, he has announced that he is a fan of Wendy's Baconator sandwich and is an avid video gamer on the XBOX 360, most notably Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Mixed Martial Arts Record

Result Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Canada TJ Grant UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2 02010-05-08 May 8, 2010 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7-0 Win Brazil Ricardo Funch Decision (Unanimous) UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez 02009-12-12 December 12, 2009 3 5:00 Memphis, Tennessee, USA
6-0 Win United States Amir Sadollah TKO (Punches) UFC 101: Declaration 02009-08-08 August 8, 2009 1 0:29 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
5-0 Win Russia Alex Serdyukov Decision (Unanimous) WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia 02009-03-01 March 1, 2009 3 5:00 Corpus Christi, Texas, USA Fight of the Night
4-0 Win United States Justin Haskins TKO (Punches) WEC 37: Torres vs. Tapia 02008-12-03 December 3, 2008 2 0:43 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
3-0 Win United States Richard Gamble Submission (D'Arce Choke) HDNet Fights Xtreme Fighting League 1 02008-03-15 March 15, 2008 1 1:45 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
2-0 Win United States Spencer Cowley TKO (Punches) Snakebite Fight Night 02007-11-16 November 16, 2007 2 0:35 Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
1-0 Win United States Victor Ratcliff TKO (Punches) MOTC XVI: Masters of the Cage 16 02007-09-28 September 28, 2007 3 1:54 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

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