Hendricks: Best is yet to come

by Franklin McNeil | source: espn.com

“When I started in MMA, I knew that I had to get people scared of me, scared of my hands,” Hendricks said. “I really needed to work on my stand-up; that way, people would start really fearing my hands. That would make the takedowns much easier.

“Now my stand-up has gotten to the point where I can choose which way I want to go -- standing or taking a fight to the ground. That’s a huge confidence builder.”

“Kampmann’s at his peak,” Hendricks said. “When we trained together, he already knew everything about striking; he was already in the UFC fighting at 185. He’s added a few things, but not much. Once you hit your peak, it’s hard to add new stuff. But he is durable and he is tough.

“I want to show more of my [grappling] game, so that people know that I’m more than just a wrestler. I have a strong ground game and feel more comfortable with it. I’m improving constantly. I’m constantly learning all aspects. I haven’t hit my peak yet.”

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French Fries Malone site profile image  

11/14/12 7:30 PM by French Fries Malone

Kampman by more tools

omlet de fromage site profile image  

11/14/12 7:13 PM by omlet de fromage

I mean he hit that hand perfectly on fitch.But if koshcheck could avoid it and make it a close fight that even some people thought he won (including me). I think GSP would wreck him.

BOMDC site profile image  

11/14/12 6:58 PM by BOMDC

Has anyone ever feared his hands...Btw, he never lands that left on anyone ever again.

MRG1 site profile image  

11/14/12 6:46 PM by MRG1

Kampmann by triangle.

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11/14/12 4:26 PM by yellow wrkahlc

Best is yet to come, huh?                                  

Outlaw'd by Lytle site profile image  

11/14/12 4:15 PM by Outlaw'd by Lytle

Kampy will demolish the hype machine.

DoomFarmer site profile image  

11/14/12 4:07 PM by DoomFarmer

Rooting for Kampmann.He has managed to become one of my favorites if not my favorite fighter currently.

JLTECH site profile image  

11/14/12 3:57 PM by JLTECH

Johnny will be a champ someday I said it from the first time I saw him fight. Trained with john smith Oklahoma national champion and can throw a punch after he wrecks Martin gsp is next War johnny h

Beggsie site profile image  

11/14/12 3:54 PM by Beggsie

Kampmann by TKO.

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11/14/12 3:52 PM by Pacquiao vs Klitschkos

I don't know when the Hendricks streak will end, but it may as well be Kampmann. This should be a war.