American trainer, strength and conditioning coach, weight-cut coach, author, nutrition and fitness expert, and motivational speaker Mike Dolce recently told a lively story on his YouTube channel. It begins at the weigh-ins for UFC 171 on March 15, 2014, when Johny Hendricks had just missed weight and was given more time, for his ultimately successful fight vs. Robbie Lawler for the then-vacant welterweight title.
“When he steps on the scale, who’s front and center? Nick Diaz,” began Dolce, as transcribed by Derek Hall for MiddleEasy. “Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz are sitting front and center. Nick Diaz is heckling Johny on the scale, talking s*** to Johny while Johny’s trying to weigh in. Insane. So Johny is a little bit over, they announce he’s a half a pound over, or what it might be. He gets off the scale, he walks over, he does the little face-off with Robbie, it’s no big deal. We get off, everyone wants to do media. All the media comes, and I say guys, leave us alone. We have work to do. We’re still working right now, please leave us alone. We’ll be back in an hour to make weight, then you can talk and ask any question you want.
“We grab his gear, we get the team, we walk outside. As we’re walking through the parking lot, Dana White’s personal bodyguard comes running over, and he’s f***ing massive. Like an NFL linebacker, like 6’6”, 300 f***ing pounds, in shape, yolked, big f***ing Hawaiian dude - ‘Dolce, Dolce, you can’t go man, you’ve got to be careful! Nick Diaz is looking for Johny, he wants to fight him!’ I was like ‘what? What are you talking about?’
“‘he’s looking for him in the parking lot, right now, he wants to fight Johny Hendricks right now in the parking lot!’ I was like ‘are you f***ing kidding me?’ Then all of a sudden we hear people screaming like ‘there he is! F*** you man!’ All of a sudden like a riot breaks out in the parking lot. Johny is all geared up, we’re all geared up. We’re going to finish cutting half a pound of f***ing weight, and we’re like ‘oh f***, Nick Diaz and all the f***ing 209 boys are about to jump us in the f***ing parking lot, like during the f***ing UFC weigh-ins.
"So we snatch up all our gear and we’re like we gotta make tracks and get the f*** out of here before these boys figure out it’s us. So we’re like running with our gym bags and our gear, running through the parking lot, run across the street, get to the place we’re going. We take the elevator and we’re like ‘holy s*** that was f***ing crazy!”