Former UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks dropped a three-round unanimous decision 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 to Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday at UFC 200 in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.
Hendricks, a two-time NCAA champion at Oklahoma State, falls to 17-5 in his MMA career. It's the first time in his career he has lost two straight fights having lost to Stephen Thompson in February via TKO in the first round. He hasn't recorded a win since a unanimous decision over Matt Brown in March 2015 at UFC 185.
Gastelum (12-2) opened the first round utilizing a strong left hand, which Hendricks could not avoid. Hendricks recorded a few lefts of his own, but the damage was too much as Gastelum took the first round.
Hendricks closed the gap in the second by using his wrestling background to put Gastelum on the defensive. But Gastelum was able to fend off Hendricks attacks and regained the pace.
The final round saw Gastelum come out with a new sense of urgency. He fired multiple combinations with hands and kicks, while Hendricks rushed forwarded was able to push him against the fence for an eventually takedown. Gastelum popped up and as the clock wound down the two exchanges hands.
Not only did Gastelum beat Hendricks, but he took 20 percent of his winnings because Hendricks weigh in a quarter-pound over.