Hendricks: The Beard reminds me that I have a goal

by Mike Chiappetta | source: mmafighting.com

Chael Sonnen successfully snuck around Brazil incognito with big glasses and fake nose, but Johny Hendricks has a better way. At UFC 101 he beat Amir Sadollah, went back to the dressing room, shaved his beard, and was barely recognized as he watched the rest of the fights.

The beard, as it turns out, is a central part of his training camp ritual.

"What it does, it reminds me that I have something, a goal that I'm trying to reach, and that’s a fight," he said. "Whenever I go in there and do my job, win or lose, I go home and then I shave it. And then the next morning, I wake up, and I’m still in fight mode, and I get to the bathroom and check the mirror, and I’m clean shaven. At that moment it hits me, and everything goes away. I become a dad, everything's over, it's time for family. It’s a good stress reliever."

"Nothing matters now except for Josh. If I go out there and I beat Josh, then I did something great. And it doesn’t matter what I did in the past because if I go out there and lose, they’re going to say, 'He lost to Josh Koscheck. He could beat Fitch, but he couldn’t do this.' So nothing matters except for this next fight."

Hendricks fights Josh Koscheck in the co-main event at Saturday's UFC on FOX 3.


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majikman site profile image  

5/3/12 12:39 PM by majikman

Seems like a really cool guy

Garv site profile image  

5/3/12 12:35 PM by Garv

 This.  Kimbo is living proof.  Just ask Seth. 

BrCutter site profile image  

5/3/12 12:34 PM by BrCutter

Tko via feared the beard.

Willin site profile image  

5/3/12 12:28 PM by Willin

I'm very curious to know how a bushy beard factors into superCalo's betting strategies...

The Academy site profile image  

5/3/12 12:01 PM by The Academy

I only clicked on the thread because I thought it said: The Beard reminds me that I have a "goat"Oh well.

Chris Power site profile image  

5/3/12 12:00 PM by Chris Power

After listening to the 2-hour interview on Sherdog with him this weekend, I was surprised at how thoughtful Hendricks really is. Not that I thought he was a dunce, of course. I'll be rooting for him this weekend, that's for sure. Exciting and super likable!

Atomac site profile image  

5/3/12 11:50 AM by Atomac

^A beard along with a football helmet.

MMALOGIC site profile image  

5/3/12 11:24 AM by MMALOGIC

  a beard helps absorb shots... Brendan Shuab needs one.

Evilzpet site profile image  

5/3/12 11:12 AM by Evilzpet

Nice interview.