Johny Hendricks has no time to worry about foolish notions before a fight. Many advice to never count your chickens before they hatch and to never talk about winning unless you have the favour at the end of the fight. What Hendricks believes is setting goals and taking care of every opportunity to train and practice before a fight.
When interviewed for his latest fight against Martin Kampmann for UFC 154 he mentions: “If you don’t set that goal and don’t shoot for that goal every day, you might let it slip through your fingers if you have the opportunity.” He adds: “And I just know that everyday that’s what I want to be and that’s what I’m striving to do, so I know that it’s never gonna affect me. I’m one fight away from maybe getting to put that belt around my wait. I’ve been dreaming about this for the last five years and all of a sudden it’s here. And all I’ve got to do is get past one more persona and I get a shot at it, I’m so grateful for that.”
You could blame John Smith, Hendricks’ coach at Oklahoma State University for his attitude towards his much-awaited fight against Kampmann this Saturday. He recalled what his coach would ask him as well as his team mates: “What do you want to be? Do you want to be a national champion?” this was the usual push that his legendary coach would pull at the practice room. Hendricks further mentions: “And what I realized that the more you think about it the more you’re gonna push yourself, the more you’re going to go out of your way to go.”
Hendricks reached his goal twice when he was in OSU. He was a four-time All-American at the university and got the National Championships in 2005 and 2006. As he continues to reach for gold in MMA he already knows what it takes to become a champion.
He admits that preparing for UFC 154 as he fights Kampmann is more than preparing for a regular fight. He mentions using mental and physical strength to win. “There’s gonna be a winner and there’s gonna be a loser and I’m trying to do everything I can to make sure that I don’t have an ‘L’ that night.”
UFC 154 is on November 17, 2012 at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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