Two of the most dangerous welterweights on the planet collided last night (March 16, 2013) as Johny Hendricks took on former UFC interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in the co-main event of UFC 158 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Both men had so much riding on the fight, what with a title shot against the main event winner at stake, and each fighter raised their game to a new level to compensate.
Hendricks quickly looked to swarm with big bombs early and he tagged Condit with heavy shots, slamming the Albuquerque fighter to the ground. Condit did his part, firing back with knees and elbows, but Hendricks did a great job of mixing in his national champion wrestling with his stand-up pressure.
"Big Rig" tried to close the distance with those massive left hooks of his, but they weren't landing much in the opening frame, and he continued to make Condit second guess himself by taking him down before letting him up. Condit got his licks in, landing a knee and reversing a takedown attempt by taking Hendricks's back as both men exploded in all sorts of wild violence.
Condit tried to get his kicks going in the second round from the outside, but Hendricks ignored the range and waded in, smacking him with a right hand and continuing to push forward. Again, Hendricks shot in and took him down, dropping a few punches from top position as Condit did everything he could to fend him off and work back to his feet.
Every time Condit started to get something going on the feet, Hendricks would explode forward and blast him with the left before shooting in and taking him down. Condit really landed some nice shots after it appeared Hendricks hurt his hand, but after a jumping knee attack, Hendricks changed levels and slammed him to the canvas with authority again. Even when Condit got to his feet, Hendricks wisely shot in and dumped him down once more as both men put on a blistering pace.
In the third round, Condit began to take over particularly due to Hendricks' injury. Hendricks mainly just used his wrestling to avoid damage, dropping right hands from above since his left was hurt. Condit really started unloading combinations and getting in his groove in this round, but Hendricks did a great job of disrupting his rhythm with the takedowns. Condit did a great job of working from his back and getting to his feet again and he landed a heavy right hand on Hendricks' jaw in the final 90 seconds.
Hendricks scored another couple takedowns, but Condit was on the offensive the entire time and it at least helped him take the final frame.
That wasn't quite enough, however, as the judges gave Hendricks two out of the three rounds on all their scorecards, although Condit at least had a "FIght of the Night" bonus to help ease the pain.
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