This past Saturday night, Johny Hendricks took out Josh Koscheck in a closely-contested three-round rumble at UFC on FOX 3. However, in the weeks leading up to the co-headlining bout Hendricks dealt with a completely different battle albeit one with similar stakes in terms of his health.

Shortly after the conclusion of his clash with Koscheck the 28-year old Oklahoman was asked to reflect on his performance, opening eyes right off the bat by explaining he’d overcome a pair of serious afflictions in order to make it to the Octagon.

“I had bronchitis and then mono. Two great ones to have three weeks before a fight, right,” Hendricks asked rhetorically during an interview with Fuel TV, crediting his team with helping him push through the adversity and stay positive.

As far as what’s next for Hendricks, the 13-1 welterweight said he wants some time off to fully recover before considering his options.

“I need to get away from MMA. I’m gonna go clear my head, be a family man, go spend time with my family…that’s what I think I need to do before I even consider anything,” explained Hendricks on the topic.

The win over Koscheck improved his record inside the Octagon to 8-1 and was his fourth straight. Though Hendricks is perhaps deserving of a title-shot, current champion Georges St-Pierre is recovering from knee surgery and already lined up to face Carlos Condit (likely in November).

Check out the full interview with Hendricks below:


MMATraining Take: It’s hard not to like Hendricks. He’s humble, has top-shelf wrestling but likes to strike, possesses knockout power, and has one of the best beards in the biz!