Paulo Costa bought a reputation change earlier this week, but it surely actually didn’t have an effect on his efficiency.
Costa (11-Zero MMA, Three-Zero UFC) stayed good and took out former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks (18-Eight MMA, 13-Eight UFC) with a second-round TKO. He needed to go farther right into a battle than ever earlier than, however bought the end 83 seconds into the center body.
The middleweight bout opened up the primary card of at this time’s UFC 217 occasion at Madison Square Garden in New York. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pbad.
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Costa tried a low kick early, then went to the physique with a tough left kick. Costa went proper again to the midsection seconds later. The Brazilian tried a excessive kick after that. Ninety seconds in, Costa bought inside for a pair of rights. a left-right was good, and Hendricks moved in for a takedown. But he was met with a knee and Costa stayed on his toes. Costa tried a spinning kick, but it surely was simply off the mark.
Costa continued to get inside, and Hendricks was pressured to attempt to counter – however most fell quick. With lower than two minutes within the spherical, Hendricks bought a mix off, but it surely wasn’t a lot. Costa stored delivering, and Hendricks landed – solely to have Costa inform him to return ahead. When Hendricks landed two straight lefts with 30 seconds left, Costa laughed at him and once more advised him to return ahead.
Hendricks landed a left and a kick early, then had a brief wait after a watch poke. But Hendricks wished to restart shortly and never give Costa an opportunity to relaxation. Costa put collectively some main punches and kicks after that, although, and was relentless in coming ahead. Hendricks tried to fireplace again, but it surely simply wasn’t there. Costa landed a head kick, then punches proper after it. But Costa was an excessive amount of.
Costa stayed good in his professional profession and moved to Three-Zero within the UFC. Hendricks misplaced for the second straight time and has dropped two of three since transferring to middleweight. Overall, he has misplaced 5 of six and 7 of his previous 10.
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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Mike Bohn, Ken Hathaway and Abbey Subhan contributed to this report on web site in New York.)