Hendricks: The Beard reminds me that I have a goal

by Mike Chiappetta
May 3, 2012

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.