In the co-main event of last night's (Sat., May 5, 2012) UFC on FOX 3: "Diaz vs. Miller" event from New Jersey, Johny Hendricks busted his hump to earn a split decision victory over Josh Koscheck. He may have even earned a shot at the welterweight title, too.
He did this despite dealing with bronchitis and mono in the weeks leading up to the bout, or so he said. Quite impressive, no?
The result wasn't without dispute, however. One judge actually scored two rounds for Koscheck, believing he won the fight under the current criteria in place That one judge? None other than retired UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida.
Fight Metric released their report on the bout and it shows the two judges who sided with Hendricks made the right decision, at least by their methods.
Hendricks outlanded Koscheck in every area save for strikes to the body, where "Kos" had a rather significant edge, 22-3. In looking at the round-by-round breakdown, Hendricks was dominant in round two but rounds one and three were close.
Some would say it could have gone either way. Others would say don't let it go to the judges.
I would say the right guy tends to get the call more often than not and that certainly appears to have been the case in this one. Check out some stats from Fight Metric after the jump and remember to click over to their site to get a detailed look at the fight.