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Hendricks gets KO'd in bare-knuckle debut

Johny Hendricks' debut in bare-knuckle fighting did not go as the former Oklahoma State mat champ might have hoped.

Johny Hendricks
Instead, as MMAJunkie.com described it, "Dakota Cochrane took advantage of a short-notice opportunity and took out a former UFC champion with his bare hands."

Cochrane managed to knock out Hendricks, a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion, in 21 seconds of the second round of the a co-main event bout at the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation first-ever event at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo. Friday night.

Cochrane had stepped in just two days prior to the debut WBKFF event to take the place of Hendricks' original rival Brennan Ward, who pulled out because of a contract dispute. Cochrane had been already scheduled to appear on the card, fighting another opponent.

"Cochrane opened up a nasty cut under Hendricks' eye in the first round and then finished with a huge right hand early in the second," MMAFighting.com reported. "It was a fairly one-sided affair. After the right, Hendricks dropped to his knees and the referee waved off the contest."

When asked after the fight whether bare-knuckle fighting was different than MMA, the 34-year-old Cochrane -- who was 31-12 in his pro MMA career -- said, "Definitely different for sure, but I love throwing that right hand," he said. "I never wrap in practice. Never any of that. So I can throw that hard."

Hendricks, 35, who had been 18-8 in his professional MMA career started eleven years ago, had announced back in June that he had retired from MMA to become a wrestling coach at a private high school in suburban Dallas. However, in mid-September, the former Cowboy wrestler known as "Bigg Rigg" in MMA competition, announced he had signed with the new bare knuckle boxing venture and would appear on their inaugural card on Nov. 9.

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