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UFC 217 live blog: Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Costa

Johny Hendricks and Paulo Costa
Johny Hendricks battles Paulo Costa at UFC 217 on the main card Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 217 live blog for Johny Hendricks vs. Paulo Costa, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at Madison Square Garden in New York City, N.Y.

Former UFC welterweight champion Hendricks fights at 185 pounds for the third time against the undefeated Costa (formerly known as “Paulo Borrachinha”) on the main card.

Check out the UFC 217 live blog below.

Round 1: John McCarthy is the third man in the Octagon. Joe Rogan says it looked like both fighters are separated by two weight classes. Costa delivers a heavy kick to the body. Hendricks blocks a head kick. Costa stuffs the first takedown attempt by Hendricks. Hendricks partially blocks a spinning kick from Costa. Costa keeps walking down Hendricks. Costa lands a knee but Hendricks ducks out to get back off the cage. Hendricks lands two lefts and a kick. Costa lands a big knee to the body. Costa lands a body shot. Hendricks tags him with two lefts causing Costa to smile. Costa ends the round with thudding body kick.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9, Costa.

Round 2: A possible eye poke leads to a brief pause in the action and a warning for Costa. Once the action resumes, Costa is all over Hendricks again and he’s bouncing him around the cage with punches and kicks. He drops Hendricks with a series of uppercuts and “Big John” has to step in and wave this one off.

Official result: Paulo Costa def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (punches) at 1:23 of Round 2.

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