UFC President Dana White announced via his Twitter account that the 170 pound #1 contender fight between Tyron Woodley and Johny Hendricks has now been cancelled due Hendricks’s inability to reach the contracted weight he had signed for.
Ariel Helwani also released via his Twitter that when he had spoke to Johny that Hendricks proclaimed that at that very moment in time he was weighing around 183 pounds. The only issue with the conversation was that the weigh-in is today and that encounter took place yesterday.
No word has been given if Woodley will automatically receive a title shot automatically or not but he is riding a 2 fight winning streak.
Hendricks stated the following:
The weight was coming off fine and then yesterday my body just started to shut down,” Hendricks said. “When it hit that point, I tried to push through it, and well, it didn’t go well because then I had to go to the ER I think I have to lose more fat or move up,” he said. “We might move up to 185, but I want to get home and start testing myself on body fat and try to work it down and see if that’s going to work in a mini weight cut. Then that’s when I can really focus on what’s next. If it doesn’t go go good, then it’s 185 for sure. I still enjoy fighting, just not the weight cut.”
I’m frustrated, obviously,” Woodley told MMAFighting.com. “I’m always trying to look for the lesson in things and positive signs. I believe things happen for a reason.
“I’m counting this as a loss for him. You got to make the weight. I’m sitting here at weight, wired, ready to wage war and now I’m not going to get that opportunity.
“Hopefully, I’m compensated accordingly because this shouldn’t be a strike against me. It’s almost as if I lost if I just get show money. I could have been knocked out in the first minute and just get show money. I hope and pray I am taken care of because I had a lot of plans for that win money.
“And I shouldn’t have to fight anyone else, do anything else spectacular … nothing . I should be next for the title shot now. It’s called professional mixed martial arts for a reason. There should be some level of professionalism involved.”