In about two days on October 3, 2015, UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. There will be plenty of fights on the card many MMA fans will be looking forward to. Julianna Peña will be fighting Jessica Eye, her first opponent in the women’s bantamweight division’s Top 10. Sage Northcutt will be making his highly-anticipated UFC debut in the early preliminaries. Then there is the main event in which UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will have his first title defense against Alexander Gustafsson.
There was another fight everyone was looking forward to, as former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks would continue his journey back to Robbie Lawler, the man who took his title back in December of 2014. Unfortunately, his journey has been halted as his fight against Tyron Woodley was scrapped.
The question on everyone’s mind is what happened for the co-main event at UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson to be removed from the card? Apparently, Johny Hendricks suffered major issues because of his weight cut. Prior to weigh-ins, Hendricks suffered a blockage in his intestine and kidney stones, as reported by Fox Sports. UFC president Dana White made it known via Twitter that the fight against Hendricks and Tyron Woodley would be scrapped.
Hendricks vs Woodley is off the card due to Hendricks weight cut issues. pic.twitter.com/By3P6jg2FO
— Dana White (@danawhite) October 2, 2015
Johny Hendricks has had trouble cutting weight throughout his career, especially when he had to cut weight to defend his title against Robbie Lawler last year. Hendricks made headlines yet again when he terminated his working relationship with Mike Dolce, a famed MMA nutritionist. Regardless, Hendricks seemed to be doing fine with cutting weight, as he was happy with his weight during the “Media Day.” It is reported on that day, just two days before the premier event, Hendricks was 183 pounds. It was the next day on Friday issues started to arise for Hendricks, as reported by SB Nation.
“The weight was coming off fine and then yesterday my body just started to shut down. 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.”
Presently, Johny Hendricks is out of the hospital but his body is in no condition to be in a fight. Even if Hendricks feels fine the next day, it is still not good for him to exert himself just in case. This issue did bring up if Hendricks should simply move up a weight class to the middleweight division instead of trying to stay in the welterweight division. Hendricks did provide his views on that too.
“I think I have to lose more fat or move up. 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 good, then it’s 185 for sure. I still enjoy fighting, just not the weight cut.”
As for Tyron Woodley, it is apparent he is frustrated that he is no longer fighting at UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson. “The Chosen One” actually made it known he was sitting around at weight, wired, and ready to wage war, but now he won’t get the opportunity to do so. Woodley also hopes he is compensated because he had “plans for that win money.”
As of now, the other fights on the card at UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson are still a go. The only change will be that one fight from the early preliminaries will be moved up to the preliminaries, and one fight from the preliminaries will be moved up to the main card. Also, the fight between Ryan Bader and Rashad Evans will be the new co-main event.
[Featured Image via Sarah Glenn/Stringer/Getty, 1st Post Image via Dana White’s Twitter, 2nd Post Image via UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson Promotions]