Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks is an American mixed martial artist and an accomplished former collegiate wrestler. He is the former Welterweight division World Champion in the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization. Staying healthy and free of injury is his top priority. Hear Johny talk about his preparation for fights and how Airrosti allowed him to get through the most intense training camp of his career.
Hi, my name is Johny Hendricks. I am a professional mixed martial artist. I’ve been fighting for five years now. Knowing that competition’s in my blood, I know what I need to do to keep myself healthy—and where Airrosti comes in is right there. They keep me in the fight longer and keep me working out harder.
I had an injury with my knee. I threw a knee and hit an elbow, and it knotted up real bad. It was locked up where I really couldn’t bend my knee, couldn’t use it, and couldn’t walk that good— all of a sudden. I saw Dr. Bertrand. I met him, got sent to him, and he started working on it. It wasn’t the greatest pain in the world, but it made me healthy. And that’s the most important part—knowing that you’re getting healthy.
Every session you’re going to get better. Having that kind of confidence in your doctor, or whoever is working on you under these guys, is amazing. Because whenever I go into a fight, I’m never one hundred percent. Even though I say I train my hardest and I did this, it’s impossible to go into a fight (at 100%) if you did have a training camp. That means that we went in where guys were beating us up. We were getting hurt, we were getting injured, we were getting tired and we were getting this.
That’s where Airrosti comes in and saves me. I don’t have to do anything. All I have to do is say, “Hey Dr. Bertrand, I’m hurting, this is where I’m hurting” and they do the rest. All I have to do is show up, and that’s awesome!
Having Airrosti on my side, I feel like I can get as close as I can to 100%. They keep me healthy, they keep me in the fight, and they keep me in the gym.
Being able to work out is, like I said, the difference between winning and losing. Having your doctor say, “You’re completely healthy… go in there and beat them up” is amazing to have. Knowing that they are going to do everything they can to get you in there so you can win a fight is huge. They want you to succeed and they are going to treat you like you should be treated, which is awesome.
Knowing that and trusting that in doctors has always been a really hard thing for me. Here with Airrosti, I don’t have that fear. I know I’m going in there, I’m going to get worked on, and I’m going to get better. Coming from a guy who really, really, REALLY doesn’t like doctors is an amazing thing. Even I’m surprised!
These guys are awesome, they’re the best, and they keep me healthy so that day to day I can do what I need to do.