Johny Hendricks def. Josh Koscheck by split decision
Johny Hendricks wasn't able to take Josh Koscheck down, but he was able to tag him repeatedly on the feet. That was enough to squeak out a split decision victory over the veteran in their co-main event Welterweight bout at UFC on Fox 3. Hendricks landed his patented left hand repeatedly, and also mixed in some nice right uppercuts and kicks that had Kos on his heels a few times. Koscheck was able to get his licks in as well and got a big third-round takedown, but it wasn't enough.
Koscheck opened up his kicking hame early, while Hendricks took his time. Hendricks appeared to get poked in the eye, but the referee didn't step in about a minute into the fight. Kos took advantage and tagged Hendricks with some big shots. Hendricks responded with an uppercut and a left, and tried to take Kos down. He held onto Koscheck's back and landed knees to the thigh before the ref separated them. Hendricks landed his patented left, Koscheck responded with a solid right. Kos used a kimura to get away from a Hendricks takedown attempt. The pace slowed a bit in the last 90 seconds, with neither fighter gaining much of an advantage.
Hendricks was showing more urgency coming out in the second, and landed a few solid strikes in the first minute. Kos managed to take his back and looked for a choke. Koscheck's eye started to swell up. Hendricks looked for a takedown, but went back to the knees to the thigh that he was using in the first. As in the first instance, the referee separated them. Hendricks landed a nice right uppercut. Kos got it against the cage and landed two nice elbow strikes. Hendricks attempted another takedown right before the horn, but came up short once again.
After a tame exchange of punches to begin the final round, Kos ducked under a Hendricks punch and scooped a single leg. He wasn't able to get it to the floor though. Koscheck showed some urgency and came forward with heavy strikes. Hendricks landed a series of lefts in response, but ate another heavy punch from Kos. Hendricks landed a big knee against the case, but Kos kept going and got the first takedown of the fight. Koscheck looked to pass half-guard, but was held off by Johny. Kos landed some marginal ground and pound to finish out the fight.
Hendricks might be in line for a future welterweight title shot with the victory. The loss for Koscheck ended his three-fight winning streak.