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UFC 141 Results Recap: Jon Fitch vs. Johny Hendricks

In a rather shocking upset at UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem, Johny Hendricks defeated long-time #2 Welterweight Jon Fitch. And he did it in spectacular fashion, knocking Fitch out in just 12 seconds with his first punch thrown. Hendricks is now 12-1, 7-1 in the UFC, while Fitch records his first loss since losing to Georges St. Pierre back at UFC 87 and falls to 23-4-1, 1 NC overall.

For both men, this is the kind of fight that represents a clear turning point in the career. Hendricks wowed fans with his UFC debut knock out of Amir Sadollah, but has been toiling on the prelims since. This was a star making performance, and his career will literally never be the same again. For Fitch, the big talk was how he would benefit from St. Pierre's absence and could find himself finally holding UFC gold. That talk is now out the window thanks to just one punch.

What was the high spot of this fight?

The KO, naturally. It's literally Hendricks's only piece of offense in the fight, and it's spectacular.

Where do these guys go from here?

For Hendricks, something big. Yes he does have a loss to Rick Story, but he now has major momentum on his side. And with a win over Fitch on his resume, almost anyone else will feel like a step down. I'd like to see him next face Josh Koscheck in a PPV semi-main event (assuming Kos gets by Mike Pierce at UFC 143).

Fitch is in a rather precarious position suddenly. He clearly isn't going anywhere right now, but his decision based style turns off a lot of people, and it was mainly his winning ways that kept him so high up the card. I wouldn't be surprised to see him banished to the prelims next time out, perhaps against Dong Hyun Kim?

Watch it now, later or never?

Now. Like the Gustafsson fight, this one announces one of the potential break-out stars of 2012 in a huge way, while also sending one of the division's most established names crashing down the ladder.

More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 141 in the full entry.