The odd mixed martial arts (MMA) odyssey for Johny Hendricks — loser of four of his last five bouts — continued tonight (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) at UFC 217 when he collided with undefeated Middleweight up-and-comer, Paulo Borrachinha (10-0), to kick off the pay-per-view (PPV) main card inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
But, there was nothing odd about how the 185-pound match ended this evening — Borrachinha absolutely annihilated the former Welterweight champion, scoring a brutal second round technical knockout.
Borrachinha opened up the action with thundering kicks to the body that had Hendricks wincing and doubling over. He unleashed a high kick, which Hendricks blocked, as he chased him across the cage trying to close the distance. Borrachinha landed a nice shot along the fence, then another combination, as Hendricks dove in for a takedown that did’t materialize. Borrachinha stalked Hendricks along the cage, firing off kicks and punches as the former champ circled the cage — he mustered absolutely zero offense. Borrachinha landed a hard knee to the body and once again Hendricks looked for a takedown, but it wasn’t happening. With 90 seconds remaining in the round, Hendricks finally landed a solid combination, but Borrachinha walked right through it. Hendricks actually began to open up a little bit as the round came to a close, but it was clear the Borrachinha got the better of the opening frame.
Hendricks came out with a low kick to start the second stanza, looking a little more comfortable ... until Borrachinha slipped an inadvertent finger into his eye. After a brief stop in the action, Borrachinha came out on fire after the restart — drilling Hendricks with hard, unanswered shots as Hendricks looked to avoid the painful onslaught. It was a hard right cross and two brutal uppercuts that finally compelled referee “Big” John McCarthy to step in and stop the fight.
Tonight marked the third straight finish for Borrachinha since he made his Octagon debut earlier this year. He is an absolutely terrifying prospect who — at just 26 years young — seemingly has not yet hit his MMA prime.
And that’s awful news for the rest of the Middleweight division moving forward.
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