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Hendricks' poor attitude going into the 5th

This would be my first fanpost so not sure on the format or substance etiquette here. I'm just going to point something out that I found pretty curious.

Going into the 5th round when Hendricks was doing his best Foghorn Leghorn impression and clearly was stoked that he was (in his eyes) 3 rounds to 1 up, he obviously felt that round was simply avoid being finished and he was the champ.

Now obviously, I now nothing of the mentality behind a title fight in the top organisation; But surely, SURELY, regardless of whether you think you have just wrapped up four 10-8 rounds, or are 3-1 to the good, you have an obligation whether it's professional, personal or just as a role-model/ambassador of the sport to give your all in every single round?

I'm not saying he didn't win the fight, I'm not saying his attitude in the 5th is what caused his loss, but just as an observation I think this really is a talking point because if Hendricks hadn't cruised the 5th thinking it was already over he could possibly be champ regardless of how the judges scored the 1st.

Maybe I'm looking too much into it but it seemed, at least to me, a really naive and arrogant way of going about things. Surely Hendricks is aware he could be on the wrong end of a decision, he still claims he never lost to Story so why wouldn't he give his all in the 5th just to be sure...

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