Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
In the co-main event of UFC 154, Johny Hendricks staked his claim as the second-best welterweight in the world with a 46-second knockout of Martin Kampmann. After a couple of misses with his patented powerful left hand, Hendricks set it up with a right and landed the short left that sent Kampmann sprawling backwards onto the mat. Hendricks followed up with one more punch on the ground and it was over, just like that. The finish was eerily reminiscent of "Bigg Rigg"s knockout of Jon Fitch at UFC 141.
Hendricks (14-1) improved to 9-1 in the UFC and has taken out five opponents in a row. Kampmann (20-6) dropped to 11-5 in the UFC overall and 7-4 at welterweight. Hendricks won an extra $70,000 dollars for the knockout of the night.
What was the high point of the fight?
Obviously the KO. Watching Kampmann get laid out like that was pretty crazy.
Where do they go from here?
Hendricks said earlier tonight that he's only going to one place -a title bout with Georges St. Pierre. Even if GSP chooses to fight Anderson Silva instead, Hendricks will patiently wait for his shot. And I don't blame him one bit.
Kampmann is going to have a very hard road back to a possible title bout in the future. There are plenty of bouts out there for him right now including a rematch with Carlos Condit, but I think he should meet Nick Diaz next.
Watch now, later, or never?
Now. It's one minute of your life and you get to see an awesome knockout. Watch it, and watch it immediately.