Johny Hendricks Taking Nothing Personal, Fighting for Family's Honor

G DAnalyst IIIMay 2, 2012

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Trash talk is a part of the game. Some take it with a grain of salt while others take it personal.

UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks is not of the latter.

"I don't take anything personal," Hendricks told Bleacher Report during the UFC on FOX media call.

Take what personal you may ask?

Hendricks will meet 170-pound veteran Josh Koscheck in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey this Saturday, May 5.

Koscheck, who is known to express his thoughts without a second thought, wasn't shy in sharing his feelings towards Hendricks.

In fact, Koscheck referenced his opponent as "Mr. Lucky Punch" and "fat boy."

But, if Koscheck's mission was to get inside the head of Hendricks, he failed miserably.

"I'll be the first one to tell you that I'm fat out of season. I love McDonald's and I love Taco Bell," said Hendricks. "But, whenever it comes fight time, I'm always ready."

"I got 12 guys that I workout with everyday who say worse things to me. That's just the nature of the beast and that's what sells fights. I don't take anything personal," said Hendricks.

The only time one can expect Hendricks to take things personal is when his family is involved.

Happily married and a father of two girls, Hendricks finds it difficult to be away from his loved ones, as he's constantly on the road in preparation for an upcoming bout.

However, being on the road comes with the territory and Hendricks' emergence to the scene has called him to a much busier lifestyle than ever before.

"It's been very difficult [being away from family]. But one thing I'm very grateful for is that I know every time I leave, my wife is going to keep my kids happy and whenever I get home, they are going to miss me," said Hendricks, a former two-time NCAA wrestling champion for the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

"That's what I fight for more than anything. I can fight for my honor, but fighting for my family is the most important thing. Making sure they get what they want. That's all that matters."


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