Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks slumped to his fourth defeat in five fights at UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City on Sunday night, as he was stopped early in the second round by Tim Boetsch.
Boetsch, who won the first round with some quality body work, scored with a heavy, thudding head-kick about thirty seconds into the second. Hendricks stumbled backwards, badly hurt, and Boetsch jumped all over him. Hendricks tried to hold on, but Boetsch shrugged him off and landed a wild right hand that dropped ‘Bigg Rigg’ to a knee. Hendricks returned to his feet, but a savage onslaught of dirty boxing style uppercuts sent him to the floor in a turtle position and referee Kevin MacDonald waved the fight off.
"Johny Hendricks is about to learn that he is not a middleweight."
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) June 26, 2017
Hendricks, who had never been stopped as a professional prior to last year, fell to his second TKO defeat in just 16 months.
It has been a sad few days for Johny Hendricks. In a city where he established himself as a legend with his wrestling exploits for Oklahoma State University, the 33-year-old fighter, who for so long resisted calls for him to go up in weight despite repeatedly missing the welterweight limit, suffered the indignity of missing the middleweight limit on Saturday morning. Hendricks actually weighed in at 188lbs, two pounds over the middleweight limit for non-championship fights.
It’s really hard at this point to see Hendricks rebounding from this recent run of losses and weigh-in failures to recapture old glory.
Boetsch on the other hand regained a little bit of the momentum that he lost when he was forced to submit to Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza in February. This was his third win in four fights since dropping to middleweight from light-heavyweight in July of last year. All of those wins have come via KO/TKO.
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