Cooper Neill from the New York Times recently followed UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks as he prepared for Robbie Lawler.
Hendricks trains full time, often two or three times a day, doing S&C circuits at a local high school, striking and BJJ training at the gym, and trips to Oklahoma State to wrestle with his former coach, two-time Olympic Champion John Smith.
He's also a husband and father, and he fights for his wife and children.
His wife, Christina, tended to their sick 2-year-old daughter, Adli, at their home in Midlothian, Tex., in February.
Johny Hendricks, 30, went through a workout at Kennedale High School in Texas earlier this month.
Hendricks often trained two or three times a day ahead of the fight.
In preparation for the title fight, Hendricks often trained at high schools in Texas.
Hendricks studied Lawler’s previous fights while training for the bout.
Hendricks swam laps after soaking in a hot tub for 20 minutes the day before the weigh-in in Dallas. He came in at one and a half pounds over the 170-pound limit for his class, sending him and his team scrambling
Hendricks defeated Lawler by unanimous decision and was awarded another “Fight of the Night” bonus.
An autographed “Fear The Beard” poster in the lobby of the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas on the day of Hendricks’s title match against Lawler.
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