Johny Hendricks is surely one of the best welterweights to ever compete in the UFC. Hendricks put up one of the toughest battles against former champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 in a controversial split decision victory. He would then go on to fight for the vacant title at UFC 171 against Robbie Lawler and become the new UFC Welterweight Champion. For a while it seemed that Hendricks was going to be the new king of the welterweight division, but at UFC 181 he would lose the title in another controversial split decision victory against Robbie Lawler.
After losing the title Hendricks seemed to show a sign of disappointment in himself, thus causing him to drop in the rankings. He rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over Matt Brown at UFC 185, but then lost by TKO in Round 1 to Stephen Thompson at UFC Fight Night 82 and recently to Kelvin Gastelum by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 200.
With that being said does this all mean that we have seen the end of Johny Hendricks as we know it?
With all that has happened in his career in just a short amount of time, it appears as if that scenario is very true. Hendricks has shown in his recent fights to not be the same dominant fighter that he used to be, especially his latest fight against Kelvin Gastelum where he looked much slower and not as aggressive and accurate as usual. This could be due to injuries he has suffered and his massive amount of weight cutting he has done throughout the years.
If that is indeed the case, then it looks to be that Hendricks has reached the end of his career sooner than expected.
Even for the fact that Hendricks has not managed to finish anyone in almost four years really has shown that he is beginning to lose his power in the sport and might not be able to get it back, thus forcing him into early retirement. If he does not learn to take better care of himself to maintain a physical condition to compete then I am afraid that this year could be the last we ever see of the former champion.