MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, who recently announced he was leaving his Team Takedown management team.
While many have been critical of the UFC sponsorship deal with Reebok, Hendricks sees things differently, as he feels he no longer needs to deal with a manager trying to set up sponsors for him or negotiating with the fight promotion on his behalf:
“Now, realistically, where I’m at, I don’t need a manager. And if I start going the opposite way where I do need a manager, it’s time for me to hang up the gloves and freakin’ retire. I don’t want to just fight to fight. i want to fight to win. That’s where I’m at now. I’m ranked number three and I want to get back to being number one. If I call them up today and say, ‘How do I get back to being number one?’ It’s by doing this. Let’s do it, win. This date? Alright, I’ll be there. That’s really what it is for me and with the Reebok deal and all that stuff, you don’t really need. My management group, all they do is answer to Dana and Joe Silva.”