A middleweight scrap between Paulo Borrachinha and Johny Hendricks kicked off the pay-per-view portion of tonight’s UFC 217 card in New York.
Round one begins and Borrachinha lands a hard low kick to start. He lands another hard kick this time to the body of Hendricks. Johny circles and avoids a head kick. He charges forward with strikes but can’t find the mark. He lands a pair of nice low kicks. Paulo paws with his jab. He lands a nice body kick on Hendricks. Paulo leaps in with a right hand that just misses. Hendricks shoots in but fails on an attempted takedown. Paulo lands a left and then misses with a head kick. Hendricks lands a low kick. Paulo is backing him up though. Borrachinha with a right hand. He goes to the body with a jab. Another big right hand from Paulo. The Brazilian lands a knee. Hendricks is trying to circles off the fence. He does and then lands a low kick. Hendricks shoots in for a double leg but can’t secure the takedown. Johny lands a shot that gets Paulo’s attention. He follows that up with a low kick. Paulo tells him to bring it on. Borrachinha with a nice body shot followed by a kick to the midsection. Hendricks lands a left hand and then another. Paulo responds with a spinning heel kick. Hendricks with a left. Paulo with a shot to the body. Round one comes to an end.
Round two begins and Paulo lands a jab. Hendricks responds with a nice combination. Paulo accidently pokes him in the eye. After a brief break we restart. Paulo is all over Johny here. He’s landing bombs. Johny fires back but Paulo continues to press forward. He lands an uppercut that drops Hendricks. Johny gets up and shoots for a takedown but the referee steps in and stops the bout. Wow.
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