Paulo Costa (formerly known as Paulo Borrachinha – not quite sure why he changed his name, maybe he’s a fugitive) washed out of TUF Brasil 3, but has won impressively in two subsequent Octagon appearances. Johny Hendricks was the welterweight champ once upon a time, but has since fallen prey to Father Time. It’s somewhat poetic that Hendricks is fighting on the same card as Georges St-Pierre, as his was the fight that retired the Canadian years ago. Maybe they’ll both win tonight (or lose) and meet again?
It takes all of two seconds to realize that Costa is a big, young and powerful dude at the height of his physical abilities, while Hendricks just wants this whippersnapper off his damn lawn – something to do with the hard kicks to the body the Brazilian hits him with, and maybe the right hands that make Hendricks all wobbly. But the former champ still has some mustard on his punches, and with a few left hands and constant movement, Hendricks stays in it.
Round 2 is another story, though, with Hendricks slowing a bit and Costa just chasing him and withering him with right hands, uppercuts and kicks. Hendricks has no answer, forcing referee John McCarthy to jump in.
Results: Paulo Costa def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (Punches) at 1:23, R2