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Would prime Hendricks be champ today?

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  1. pThree Orange Belt

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    Hendricks was obviously a better striker than Usman but was also thoroughly outwrestled and outclinched by Rick Story and Josh Koscheck.

    Tough fight for both, but I give Hendricks the edge. Johny does lose to Colby and Wonderboy though.
     
  2. Pitier of Fools Brown Belt

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    Yes. I've said for a while now that prime Hendricks would have been a nightmare matchup for Usman. Better striking, good enough wrestling to not get laid on for five rounds, and the cardio to keep up with Usman's pace.
     
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    Prime Hendricks was the real deal. That left hand was no joke and I don't see anybody holding him down for five rounds.

    Hendricks vs. Usman would be nuts.

    I think Colby would give Hendricks the most trouble outside of WB though.
     
  4. pThree Orange Belt

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    I give Usman a significant edge in the clinch and cardio but getting the fight to where he wants would be problematic.
     
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  5. Slatersan Black Belt

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    Prime pre usada hendricks vs a post usada anybody.
     
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    He struggled with Kos but his hands were pretty elite in the GSP and first Lawler fight.

    I’d pick him to win the first 2 rounds comfortably but without his ability to wrestle when things get tough like he did against Lawler the first time I think Usman takes the last 2 comfortably with his jab, ability to adapt and clinch work. It would come down to who won the 3rd.

    I’d favour Hendricks though the guy had such underrated boxing
     
  7. CoachDitka Purple Belt

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    By prime I assume you mean juiced. If so, then yes, until he failed a test at least.
     
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    Why is Hendricks always the poster boy for unsubstantiated PED claims?
     
  9. Kos Fan Brown Belt

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    A guy who was on steroids
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    A guy who is clean
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  10. Mike RIP Frankie

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    He certainly has a chance. Either he catches Usman early or gets outwrestled down the stretch.
     
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    Because he dropped off dramatically and instantly after USADA. Unlike a lot of other guys that get usada accusations, Hendricks wasn't old and weathered prior to Usada.
     
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    He had possibly the biggest fall from grace of any UFC champion except for maybe Barao.
     
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    At what weightclass?
     
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  15. Doughie99 Silver Belt

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    Sure.

    In competitive Eating, he'd be ranked in the Top 5 :
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    johny-eating.jpg
     
  16. fastone Purple Belt

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    underrated post...
     
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    Hows it going Bigg Rigg?
     
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    I don't think Hendricks' striking (other than the KO power in his overhand) is that much better than Usman's.
     
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    I agree, it's an under-rated post.
     
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    This vaunted "Prime Hendricks" only exists in highlight reels that don't show his many close and/or controversial moments during his run to the top. Current Usman is a safe pick against any version of Hendricks.
     
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