Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley have had beef with Johny Hendricks for years.
Long before they became stars in MMA, the pair of Missouri Tigers were dealing with the former UFC welterweight champ on the mats.
Hendricks beat both men in amateur wrestling and they’ve each been pushing to fight him since the lot became pro fighters in the late aughts.
“I’ve been around Johny since I was 16 when he beat me at the Junior National Championships,” Askren told Woodley on his podcast. “I understand what kind of person he is. Now if you read MMA forums people are starting to understand what kind of person Johny is and are starting to dislike him. He’s just a baby. You’ve been around him for years. He’s a freaking baby.
“That’s just what it is. I understood that and people didn’t see that originally, but now people are starting to get the picture. The guy’s a whiner.”
“Johny has always been a whiner,” Woodley continued. “But the thing is, most people whine because they don’t have the abilities. He has the ability. He’s always going to win 90 percent of his matches. He’s won multiple national titles. He whined when he didn’t need to whine.
“You don’t need to whine. Your skills are already there. Your wins speak for themselves. Don’t add that whine because then people just want to smack the smile off your face.”
Hendricks famously beat Woodley 4-1 in the final at the 2005 Big 12 championship. Woodley claims Hendricks was fish-hooking him with three fingers in his mouth during the match. Hendricks complained to the referee that Woodley bit him, leading to a point deduction and ultimately a loss for Woodley. Hendricks took home his second national title for Oklahoma State two weeks later.
“When I lost that match I didn’t forgive him for years,” Woodley said. “Then I realized, as a competitor, I had to forgive Johny and move on because I knew if I ever went out there to compete against him I would have just wanted to fight him. I probably would have completely lost my mind, went out there without any kind of strategy. It’s not the smartest way to fight a good competitor.”
Woodley says he even planned to be part of Hendricks’ camp for his 2013 title challenge against Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 just to prove to himself that he could keep his head around him.
“I actually like Johny as a person, now,” said Woodley. “I’ve hung out with him once or twice at a fan expo, but as an athlete, especially in the past, even now, every fight it’s this, this and this.”
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