“I asked Michael why it was easier to train oil drillers to become astronauts than it was to train astronauts to become oil drillers, and he told me to shut the **** up, so that was the end of that talk."
Round 1 - Referee Steve Mazzagatti in charge. Story takes the center, as Hendricks shifts side to side. Hendricks moves into a clinch, but Story defends well and the pair separates. Story moves in behind punches and looks for his own takedown, but Hendricks stays up. Story backs away and fires off a few punches. He moves again, but Hendricks' defense ample. Halfway in. Story kicks the leg. Both fighters punch up top. Nothing too serious by either fighter. Hendricks controls the head on the feet,, but he lets it go. Story unleashes a combo. Hendricks covers up, but Story really aggressive. Low kick from Story. Hendricks moving well and covering, but Story doing more on the feet. Hendricks shoots in and scores a takedown in the closing seconds. He works to the back as Story spins and stands, but MMAjunkie.com sees it for Story, 10-9.
Round 2 - Story in the center again. Hendricks moving his head well. Story moves in with a flurry of 10 punches. Hendricks defends and clinches and tries to drop with a guillotine choke, but Story pops out. Hendricks works to his feet, and Story scrambles to the back. He's high, and Hendricks uses that to slip out and control the head. Knee to the head, and Hendricks starting to control the clinch. Story knees the gut. Hendricks continues to drive in, but Story pulls away. Two minutes left. Hendricks kicks the leg and circles away. Story slowing a bit on the feet. Story throws a few punches and shoots in. Hendricks hits the deck, but he pops up to a knee and back to his feet. Story pushing in against the cage. Hendricks leaning over and looking to attack a limb. They slide apart and swing away at the end. MMAjunkie.com sees a close one for Hendricks, 10-9.
Round 3 - Story moves in quickly and looks for a choke from the front. He rolls Hendricks, but the choke isn't tight. Hendricks survives and moves in Story clinching with a kimura setup on the left side from his butt. Action stalls there. Hendricks has the legs wrapped, but Mazzagatti calls for action. The two stand, though Hendricks stays tight. Hendricks continues to drive forward. Just 90 seconds left. Not a lot to score in this round so far. Hendricks wraps up both legs, though he simply can't elevate. He does get Story down, but he's right back up. One minute. Hendricks will not let go of the body lock. He pulls Story down again. Right back up, and Story working a kimura grip again. Bell sounds in a disappointing final frame. A 10-10 might be the right call here with as little happened, but MMAjunkie.com will lean slightly toward Hendricks, 10-9, and gives him the fight, 29-28. Rick Story def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).