The former UFC Champion revealed to MMAjunkie Radio that he is officially leaving the sport.
Hendricks became the second veteran fighter to hang up the gloves this week, following Rashad Evans’ retirement two days ago.
“I’m done. I’m retiring.”
But he stressed that the decision to leave MMA was not sudden.
“I am getting out of the MMA world. I’ve been thinking about this long and hard for a while.”
He, later on, revealed that he had made up his mind two weeks ago, with his wife providing with him the help and support to make the right call.
The 34-year old veteran said he will shift his focus on coaching chores at All Saints.
“I’m gonna get back to my roots and I’m going to start coaching at All Saints. I coached a little bit of high school last year at Oak Ridge, but I’m making the move over to All Saints. I’m going to start coaching there, start doing those kinds of things.”
Hendricks went on to reflect how wonderful his life has been for the previous months, saying that spending time with his kids at home is something that he really needs to do.
It was a tough decision to make as Hendrick was caught in-between two major priorities. In the end, it was his family the he chose over his long time career.
“Do we really want to do this?’ I know that I’m more happy to do it, but do we want to do this? Do we want to go through the grind that I used to do. Be gone for long periods of time, put my family second and do those kinds of things? Right now I can’t say that.”
For Hendricks, there is now no u-turn after deciding to end his career.
Retirement is retirement. No amount of paycheck, no matter how massive, can push him back in the cage.
He said that there is much contentment in training the next generation of fighters.
“But since I’m training guys, I spar with them twice a month, so I still get sparring, I still get to work hands, I still get to do things that I enjoy. It’s like the best of both worlds for me.”
Hendricks carries an 18-8 record in his 26 fights in the MMA. He dropped five of his last six matches. He is known as a major force in the welterweight division.
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