UFC 217: Johny Hendricks joins the Jackson-Wink fight team

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The 34-year old was once the King reigning over the 170-pound division but after he lost his title to Robbie Lawler at UFC 181 he has been on a career decline that has seen him battle weight cutting issues and losing streaks. Hendricks (18-7) has dropped five of his last seven fights, two of which were brutal stoppages at the hands of Stephen Thompson and most recently Tim Boetsch.

Looking to fight for the third time as a middleweight, Hendricks is heading to the world-class Jackson-Wink MMA gym in New Mexico. The camp is home to some of the best fighters on the planet and has had a number of UFC champions under its roof including Jon Jones and Holly Holm.

Known for their ability to help struggling fighters like Andrei Arlovski and Alistair Overeem re-invent themselves, Greg Jackson and Mike Winkeljohn may be the perfect fit for the struggling Hendricks who has not stated if the move is a permanent one or not.

UFC 217 takes place on Nov.4 at Madison Square Garden in New York and is set to be headlined by a middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and the returning Georges St-Pierre. You could say that the card has two co-main event fights as Cody Garbrandt and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will defend their titles as well.

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