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Watch: Johny Hendricks Loses Bare-Knuckle Debut By 2nd Round KO

The former UFC welterweight champion of the world lost out in brutal fashion in his bare-knuckle boxing debut after retiring from the sport of MMA.

Johny Hendricks’ final years in mixed martial arts saw him fall out of the category of the elite in a decline that was completely shocking to watch unfold.

A succession of botched weight-cuts and meek performances saw him eventually hang up the gloves and retire earlier this year but with the news that he would be returning to action to take part in bare-knuckle boxing, there were some who held out hope that we would finally see ‘Big Rigg’ back to his best.

Facing short-notice replacement Dakota Cochrane, Johny again lacked the spark that saw him rise through the ranks to capture the UFC 170lb belt all those years ago.

Things didn’t exactly start strongly for him but as the second-round opened, the fight moved into its final seconds as a Cochrane right-hand managed to buckle Hendricks’ knees before the ref had seen enough to call the fight there and then.

When Hendricks decided to retire from the sport of mixed martial arts, it was a decision that the vast majority of the fans agreed with.

His decision to continue on inside the ring no matter what the sport is valiant, yes, but this latest loss will mark his fourth finish from strikes in the last two years.

Who knows what the future holds for the former champion but it is still perfectly clear that his best days are behind him.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]