Paulo Borrachinha isn’t one of the biggest names on the UFC roster, but even so, you’d probably take the time to look him up if you were a handed a fight contract with his name on it.
This seemingly didn’t cross the mind of Johny Hendricks, the man who will stand opposite the Brazilian in his next fight on November 4 at UFC 217. Borrachinha is 10-0 will 10 straight finishes and has wrecked havoc in both his outings in the UFC so far. Speaking to Submission Radio this past week, Hendricks revealed he’d never come across Borrachinha before putting pen to paper to fight him.
“They said, “would you like to fight him?” I said, “sure. I don’t know who he is,” and that’s just the way that it is, is that I’m not going to shy away from him because he’s dangerous,” Hendricks said. “He’s never been tested, right? I’m gonna test him. One thing I’m gonna do is, I’ve seen most of his fights, he likes to bully people and sort of push them back. I’m not that type of fighter. So I’m sort of excited to see if he really sticks to what he’s done in the past.
“That’s where I do my best offence, is when a guy wants to come forward.”
Hendricks has recently moved his training camp to Jackson-Winkeljohn and he thinks this could make all the difference when he faces Borrachinha.
“That’s one thing I think also with Jackson and Winkeljohn being there, I have opponents that move away from me, not just my boxing coach, right?” Hendricks said. “I have opponents that are gonna pressure me and move away. So I’m figuring out that style, as well as, people in my last couple of fights, people don’t want to get into a fist fight with me, they want to pick their shots. Well, this guy, if he wants to try and bully me like that, I’m so excited. For one, where I’m training at, that boosts my confidence. Two, the people that I’m training with is boosting my confidence. And three is that I know that style very well. It could be a short night for him if he wants to try and pressure me like that.”
“Well, this guy, if he wants to try and bully me like that, I’m so excited. For one, where I’m training at, that boosts my confidence. Two, the people that I’m training with is boosting my confidence. And three is that I know that style very well.
“It could be a short night for him if he wants to try and pressure me like that.”
The former UFC welterweight champion says fans could be in for a surprise at the progress he’s made when they see him at UFC 217. He’s expecting to give the Brazilian a very tough evening.
“It could go multiple ways, it really could,” Hendricks said. “Working with Jackson and Wink, they’ve brought out a couple of things that y’all, for one, you’ve never seen. Two, that y’all are gonna be excited to see again, and that’s why I’m excited to fight.
“I’m excited to get in there and use these tools that have been lost for a while.”