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Hendricks Suffers Loss At UFC Fight Night 112

2017 UFC OKC Hendricks Boetsch

After taking over Dallas last month for UFC 211, the fight game traveled north of the Red River for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City with a little Texas Connects Us flavor.

Oklahoma native and Fort Worth resident Johny Hendricks had the co-main event spotlight on the card against Tim Boetsch in a middleweight match-up but the homecoming didn’t go quite as planned.

Boetsch used a right kick to stun Hendricks and then followed with numerous uppercuts to finish things off for the TKO victory in the second-round. It was Hendrick’s second fight in the middleweight division, winning the first one against Hector Lombard early this year.

The fight faced some issues before the bell even rung. Hendricks failed to make weight during early weigh-ins on Saturday, tipping the scale at 188-pounds, a full two pounds over the middleweight limit in a non-title title bout.

“Bigg Rigg” has a history of weight-cutting problems during his days at welterweight, some which would lead to problems physically. He missed weight twice in his final two bouts before moving up to the 185-pound division. Hendricks also was hospitalized and forced out of a fight against future champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 192 after developing kidney stones during a weight cut.

However, the fight went on as scheduled with Hendricks facing a 20-percent fine for missing weight.

Hendricks considered retirement last year after losing three fights in a row in the welterweight division before deciding to make one final push by moving up to middleweight.

Mineral Wells native James Vick was in attendance to witness the other main event between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee. After his win at UFC 211, Vick not only questioned why he wasn’t in the lightweight division rankings but also called out the winner between Lee and Chiesa. During the press conference last month in Dallas, Chiesa and Lee added more spice to the fight by exchanging some trash talk and punches on stage.

However, the grudge match in Oklahoma City would end in controversy. Lee locked in the rear-naked chock hold on Chiesa towards the end of the first-round when referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the bout, awarding the submission victory to Lee. The only problem was Chiesa never tapped out. Needless to say, he was livid immediately afterwards in the octagon. UFC president Dana White later ripped Yamasaki about the decision on social media.

The debate will be whether Chiesa was close to passing out but now nobody will ever know the answer. Lee felt confident either way the end result would be another one in the win column.

“I think I dominated the fight bell to whistle,” said Lee. “He went limp. It was still 45 more seconds left in the fight. I don’t see what the controversy is about. It wasn’t like I was going to let go. I was going to keep chocking him.”

Chiesa also ripped Yamasaki for the early stoppage and challenged Lee to a rematch in December in Lee’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

“Something has to be done about it,” said Chiesa. “We are going to seek due diligence. Chances are it’s not to get overturned but I’m not going to go down without a fight. I don’t care where the rematch is. He wants to fight in Detroit. I’m your Huckleberry, let’s go. Let’s run it back.”

 

UFC Fight Night 112 results:

Main Card

Kevin Lee def. Michael Chiesa via submission

Tim Boetsch def. Johny Hendricks via second-round TKO

Felice Herrig def. Justine Kish via unanimous decision

Dominick Reyes def. Joachim Christensen via first-round TKO

Tim Means def. Alex Garcia via unanimous decision

Dennis Siver def. BJ Penn via majority decision

 

Undercard

Clay Guida def. Erik Kock via unanimous decision

Marvin Vettori def. Vitor Miranda via unanimous decision

Carla Esparza def. Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision

Darrell Horcher def. Devin Powell via split decision

Jared Gordon def. Michael Quinones via second-round TKO

Tony Martin def. Johnny Case via unanimous decision

Jeremy Kimball def. Josh Stansbury via first-round TKO

UFC 211 Recap: Miocic, Jedrzejczyk Retain Titles

UFC 211: Miocic v Dos Santos 2

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After months of anticipation, UFC 211 took center stage in Dallas with two title bouts that didn’t disappoint.

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic made history Saturday night in front of a sold-out crowd at the American Airlines Center. After taking some early leg kicks from challenger Junior Dos Santos, Miocic went on the offensive, landing some hard hits to the head that dropped Dos Santos. The follow-up blows would then end the fight at the 2:22 mark, giving Miocic the win in the first round. Miocic ties a UFC record with his second heavyweight title defense and is 5-0 with five knockouts since his 2014 loss to Dos Santos. No heavyweight champion has won three straight title defenses.

“I really don’t care,” said Miocic. “I mean, yeah, if I keep winning, I’ll break history. Big deal. I’m just going to keep winning. I like winning. It’s fun. I like being called champ, especially.”

As for Dos Santos, the failed title bid for the former heavyweight champ didn’t work out as planned. His powerful kicks early on in the fight had him tasting victory before everything fell apart.

“After the third kick, I felt happy in my heart,” said Dos Santos. “I said, ‘Man, it’s working; I’m going to win.’ Heavyweights, man. I’m sad, of course. I’d like to win this. I’d like to become the champion again. But if I’m not the champion, I’m glad this guy is the champion. He’s a really nice guy. I still think the same. He deserves that.”

The other co-headliner of the night featured Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her strawweight championship against Jessica Andrade. The American Airlines Center holds some special moments for Jedrzejczyk, the site where she won title at UFC 185 in 2015. Chants of “Joanna” would resonate throughout the arena during the fight.

Andrade landed a hard left hook in the opening round that caused a lump on Jedrzejczyk’s forehead. However, that was all the damage afflicted to the champ as Jedrzejczyk would put on a striking clinic and retain the title by unanimous decision.

“I heard that Jessica was going to be the one to beat me and take my belt away from me,” said Jedrzejczyk. “They said that she was my biggest challenge, but I think there are more girls that are tougher than her. She’s very powerful, you can see my face, I have a few bruises and she had a few punches that were very strong. I’m not a fighter, I’m a champion.”

It was the fifth straight successful title defense for Jedrzejczyk, who remains perfect at 14-0.

The prelims brought some Texas Connect Us flavor to the card. Mineral Wells native James Vick unleashed a brutal combo then ended with a TKO over Polo Reyes.

“It’s amazing to get this win in my hometown,” said Vick. “Did you hear all those people out there screaming for me? It’s amazing. This is the first time I’ve gotten to fight in Dallas since before I was in the UFC, so it is a dream come true.”

Afterwards Vick called out the winner of next month’s fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee. There’s no love lost between Chiesa and Lee as they got into a scuffle during the UFC Summer Kickoff Announcement on Friday in Dallas.

In the heavyweight division, Dallas native Rashad Coulter didn’t have the homecoming result he would have liked against Chase Sherman. Coulter took some serious shots to the legs and shins in the first round. He was able to fight back with the crowd behind him in what turned out to be a wild fight but the legs eventually gave out and Sherman finished things off with the TKO in the second round.

Another wild fight took place afterwards between Azle’s Chas Skelley and Jason Knight. Both fighters put on a wrestling display early on with attempts at submission moves before Knight caught Skelly with an uppercut in the third round and finished things off for the TKO.

The closing fight in the prelims between third-ranked Eddie Alvarez and ninth-ranked Dustin Poirier came with some controversy after the bout ended in a no-contest. Alvarez mounted a comeback just enough to hit a floored Poirier with an illegal knee.

“The first knee, I thought he was playing the game where he had his hand down,” said Alvarez. “Herb (Dean) was very clear about you can’t play the game, so I hurt him with the first one, I think the second one may have been legal, but the third knee was illegal. I saw it on the prompter afterwards that it was illegal and I apologize to Dustin.”

UFC president Dana White said his old business partner, Lorenzo Fertitta, called him afterwards and said UFC needs instant replay because the call was wrong.

White’s attention now turns to fight between Floyd Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. He said he expects to have a deal finalized with McGregor on Sunday before moving on to work with the Mayweather camp.

 

UFC 211 Results:

Main Card

Stipe Miocic (c) def. Junior dos Santos via first-round TKO

Joanna Jedrzejczyk (c) def. Jessica Andrade via unanimous decision

Demian Maia def. Jorge Masvidal via split decision

Frankie Edgar def. Yair Rodriguez via second-round TKO (doctor’s stoppage)

David Branch def. Krzysztof Jotko via split decision

 

Undercard

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier declared a no-contest (accidental foul)

Jason Knight def. Chas Skelly via third-round TKO

Chase Sherman def. Rashad Coulter via second-round TKO

James Vick def. Marco Polo Reyes via first-round TKO

Cortney Casey def. Jessica Aguilar via unanimous decision

Enrique Barzola def. Gabriel Benitez via unanimous decision

Gadzhimurad Antigulov def. Joachim Christensen via submission