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Former UFC Champ Blames Venison for Missing Weight Cut

Johny Hendricks has opened up about failing his UFC 192 weigh-in, and says it was his deer meat-heavy diet that caused it.

Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks was interviewed publicly for the first time after missing his weight cut prior to the UFC 192 event on Oct. 3, 2015.

Speaking on The MMA Hour, Hendricks addressed the health issues he faced, and believes he knows the culprit: a diet heavy on the venison.

After being diagnosed with an intestinal blockage and a kidney stone, Hendricks says a number of factors got him to that point, but none had the effect that protein-rich venison did.

“You work so hard to showcase what you have, and all of a sudden the diet that we were on backfires,” Hendricks said. “Which sucks, but I’ve learned after we did this, we did a lot of research, and I was eating a lot of deer meat and a lot of high-protein animal protein, which, that’s the leading cause of kidney stones and your intestines failing you.

“I had no idea, because I usually eat a lot of fish and a lot of chicken. I wanted to eat more protein, a lot of cleaner protein, so we focused more on that and it ended up backfiring. I think that if I would’ve eaten more chicken and salmon, I wouldn’t have been in this situation…After doing research, I find out that the way I did my high protein (diet) was absorbing all of my water, so therefore it was hurting me in the long run.”

He may have a point, but well-meaning sportsmen know that venison is one of the greatest red meats you can consume, for a wide variety of reasons. The symptoms experienced by Hendricks, including the kidney stones, can be experienced by people who “don’t drink enough fluids or who lose too much fluid, those who eat a high-protein diet, and those who have gout,” according to

We’re no nutritionists, and we can’t account for the intense workouts Hendricks and other MMA fighters endure, but we also feel like venison is getting a bad rap here. It may have contributed, but the headlines are pointing to deer meat alone being the culprit.

All we’re saying is, there’s nothing like a grilled backstrap or a venison stew. Just make sure you drink a lot of water if you are weight-lifting afterward.


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Former UFC Champ Blames Venison for Missing Weight Cut