Johny Hendricks (6-0) vs. Ricardo Funch (7-0): the battle of the undefeated, where rising star Hendricks puts his undefeated record at risk against UFC newcomer Funch.
Hendricks, who is one of the most accomplished wrestlers in the game, is on a fast track to stardom in the UFC WW division. In his last fight Hendricks managed knock TUF winner Amir Sadollah on the queer street in just 29 seconds of the first round. Stoppage was a bit premature, but nevertheless a solid win for Hendricks. Athletic Hendricks has been really working on his striking and judging by his last few fights, it has paid off. There’s something about Hendricks and his style of fighting that reminds me of Dan Henderson.
Marco Alvan and Gabriel Gonzaga trained Ricardo Funch is an unknown and undefeated brazilian. Funch’s record is clean, but wins from the small local events are not very impressive on UFC level anymore.
Prediction: this is a nightmarish match up for the team Link protégé Funch, who has snatched his wins with a strong ground game. Ground skills maybe obsolete in this fight for Hendricks is the better wrestler and has been very eager to “just scrap” in his previous bouts.
Hendricks by TKO strikes R2.