PANTEGO, Texas - On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Johny "Bigg Rigg" Hendricks goes for the welterweight title when he fights Georges St. Pierre in UFC 167.
This is fight-of-the-year big. This has the potential to be bigger than Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva.
Bigg Rigg lives in North Texas, and trains in his own gym in Pantego. He was nice enough to answer some uncomfortable questions.
Favorite word: Son of a ----.
What virtue do you appreciate the most: Humble
What virtue do you appreciate the least: Greed. That’s not a virtue, is it?
Your perfect day: Working in my yard at my house. Moving rocks. I like manual labor, for some reason.
Want to do my yard? No, I like to do my yard.
Worst at home injury you have suffered? I sliced my finger.
With what? A knife, all the way to the bone. I hit myself with a screw gun. I drilled it in the side of my finger.
What does your wife say to this? She says, ‘You always tell me to be careful with the knife and you cut yourself.’ And I say, ‘I’m tough enough to handle it.’
What living person do you admire the most? There are a lot. For example, my wife. She does a lot. She keeps the family together. I’m gone a lot. When I come home, it’s home. She does that. It kills me to leave them, but I know my wife will keep everything normal. That is huge for me.
What do you least understand about women? Talking. They say they don’t want to talk, and then you pry and then they are like, ‘I told you I don’t want to talk.’ Next time you ask, ‘Do you want to talk.’ They say, ‘No', so you walk off. Then they want to talk.
Your wife is not going to read this, so do you ever have that moment when you think, ‘I can’t listen for another second?' She will tell you, it goes in one ear and out the other. For some reason, I will sit there (nodding). She turns off the TV, and there can’t be any other noise in the house and she’ll say, ‘Look at me. Look at me.'
What do you get in trouble for the most? Every night I don’t pick up after myself and I stay up late and play video games. I’ll have my spit bottle, my glasses, my phone and my water and I’ll be like, ‘Where is my bottle of water? Where are my glasses? Where is my phone?” And my wife says, ‘If you picked up after yourself, you’d know.’
Are you worried about your daughters when they are of dating age? Oh yeah. Why do you think I am trying to get the belt and trying to defend it?
Are you going to be one of those dads – let’s look at my shotgun? What I’m going to do is look at the guy and say, ‘Hey, son, if you make my daughter cry, I am going to tie you to a chair and I am going to beat the living crap out of your dad until you start crying.’ That’s what I’m going to do. I’ll beat the dad half to death, and put it on my insurance.
Do you have a favorite chic flick movie? Dude, no way.
You’ve been dragged to a few? Oh yeah but I don’t remember any of them. My wife doesn’t take me to them any more. “Sweet Home Alabama” .. yeah, I sat there and complained through the whole movie.
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