Hendricks discovered punching power at arcade


Punching power is definitely something you can develop, but it can also be a natural talent of great athletes. Johny Hendricks was never known as a big puncher in his early career, but in his recent fights to earn a title fight, Hendricks has shown one punch knockout ability. How did Hendricks first realize he had serious punching power?

It was back when Hendricks was still fairly new to the UFC and the sport of MMA. He and Ehrhardt had gone to London for a UFC expo, and after the autograph signing was done for the day, they figured they’d entertain themselves by trying out a machine that purported to measure punching power.

“Jon Jones had hit it,” Ehrhardt told MMAjunkie in an interview for a special feature on Hendricks, which comes out in Friday’s special UFC 167 pullout section in USA TODAY. “Matt Mitrione and some other heavyweights had also hit it. Then Johny hit it, and he beat everybody’s scores. We just kind of thought, hey, wow.”

The next day, Ehrhardt said, they went to a boxing gym in London that had a similar machine. There, all the top records belonged to local heavyweights.

“So Johny hit that one, and he broke that record too,” Ehrhardt said. “That’s when the switch flipped for both of us, and we thought, there’s some real power in that left hand.”

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SHOOTMedia site profile image  

11/14/13 12:40 PM by SHOOTMedia

An in-depth look at Johny Hendricks...his family, heros, hobbies, unusual training methods, views on GSP and more!

Lazer MMA site profile image  

11/14/13 12:16 PM by Lazer MMA

LOL that GSP has faced a guy like Hendricks is today.

FlyingKnee44 site profile image  

11/14/13 11:51 AM by FlyingKnee44

My opinion is he really improved technically until he discovered he had that much power, since then he started just winging power shots instead of using the technique he learned.

BubblesNS site profile image  

11/14/13 11:11 AM by BubblesNS

I liked everything you said except for the dipshit part.

chaplinshouse site profile image  

11/14/13 11:02 AM by chaplinshouse

so your opinion is, his technique has improved over time? great inside info! ps:  you spelled his name wrong lol

StratTone site profile image  

11/14/13 10:38 AM by StratTone

Good story but we all know there is a trick to those machines.  I punch like a girl and have done well on those machines by throwing a hook and hitting kind of down.

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11/14/13 1:56 AM by Happiness Bunny

That video with the Asian kids is great!I got thrown out of a place for kicking the ball once. I think it was my second time drinking out at a bar.. It was a good roundhouse and I totally expected to bail but I ended up kind of giving it a question mark kick and it registered quite high. Bouncer threw me out right after that.. did not help I was wearing a cannibal corpse t-shirt (one of the ones that featured album cover art, yeah I was so edgy!) in a douche bar.

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11/14/13 1:54 AM by DamnSevern

  recent footage of hendricks training for gsp.

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11/14/13 1:43 AM by WeidmansPHD_in_G0atslaying_fr0m_h0fstra_U

I heard he flew to the moon and beat all the records there too.