The promotional trailer for UFC 167 is outstanding.
From the dimly lit striking of champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Johny Hendricks to the use of The Roots’ “Sleep” as the soundtrack, the short clip that sets up their UFC 167 title showdown is a welcomed artistic departure from the loud noises and non-stop knockouts these spots are often built around.
While the final product looks polished and perfect, filming the 60-second clip nearly had a catastrophic impact on the fight its intended to promote.
During filming, Hendricks suffered second-degree burns on his neck and back. Turns out the lights used to film the segment were positioned to close to the former two-time NCAA Division I national champion wrestler. Hendricks’ manager Ted Ehrhardt confirmed the news with MMAFighting.com earlier today.
According to Ehrhardt, Hendricks attempted to return to training two days after filming the promotional trailer in Los Angeles, but the burn was bothering him too much. A quick trip to the doctor for some ointment, and Hendricks was reportedly all healed up within a week.
The laid-back welterweight title challenger apparently wasn’t too upset about the whole situation.
"Johny never gets pissed off about anything," Ehrhardt said. "He was just mad that it was messing up his training, that’s all."