Johny Hendricks On Becoming UFC Champion: “It Feels So Surreal”

Johny Hendricks thanked God, his family, his fans and the UFC after becoming champion at UFC 171.

“It feels so surreal right now,” he said, during the FOX Sports 2 post-fight show. “It feels like it’s not true.

“When it sinks in, I’m sure I’ll feel better.”

“When it was cut, I think the middle of the third, it was blurry and I couldn’t see much out of it,” he said. “But you’ve got to adapt. If I wanted to win, I knew I had to do something to make it where it wouldn’t happen as much. I knew he was going to hit me and it was going to hurt, but I knew I could get some punches in return and that’s what I did.”

“The UFC picks my opponents,” he said. “That’s who I’m going to fight. I want to beat No. 2 and if they’re hurt, I’ll face No. 3.”