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UFC 154 Results: Why Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann Stole the Show

Nov 17, 2012; Montreal, QC, Canada;  Johny Hendricks reacts after knocking out Martin Kampmann (not pictured) during first round action of their Welterweight bout at UFC 154 at the Bell Centre.  Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-US PRESSWIRE
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Kyle SymesCorrespondent IIINovember 18, 2012

It's hard to argue over both Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit leaving Montreal with an extra $70,000 in their pockets for winning the Fight of the Night bonus following UFC 154 on Saturday night.

Unless you hadn't yet tuned in to watch Johny Hendricks vs. Martin Kampmann, that is.

No, it wasn't a back-and-forth, action-packed affair that had fans on the edge of their seats all night. In fact, the fight didn't even last longer than 60 seconds. Yet Hendricks' quick victory over Kampmann is the fight everyone is talking about once they're done praising GSP for his performance.

The lead-up to Hendricks-Kampmann focused on the power possessed by Hendricks combined with his wrestling ability. A two-time national champion at Oklahoma State, Hendricks should have a wrestling advantage over virtually anyone he faces in the Octagon.

Still, Kampmann has been in the game (and the UFC) for quite some time and is as game as they come. He's a very well-rounded fighter and has a Joe Rogan-esque "underrated ground game." Kampmann is also very good on his feet, as the Dane is a former kickboxer.

Kampmann survived numerous scares in his recent fights to earn a No. 1 contender bout against Hendricks. In contrast, Hendricks announced his arrival to the title picture with a huge left hand to drop former title contender Jon Fitch in December of 2011.

Hendricks' momentum seemed to stall a bit after a split decision over Josh Koscheck in May. Whatever momentum Hendricks lost, though, he gained back tenfold following his performance against Kampmann at UFC 154.

Hendricks started the fight off just how he wanted, looking to land that huge punch to drop Kampmann. The punches missed as Kampmann looked to set up his technique-driven strikes.

Instead, Hendricks threw a weak right hand to set up a thunderous left straight that absolutely floored Kampmann. The Dane had survived being rocked numerous times before, and outside of his fight with Paul Daley, nobody had been able to stop Kampmann at 170 pounds.

While the Condit-GSP fight was everything fans could've wanted from a main event, there's little doubt as to who comes up next to the water cooler when discussing the best moments from UFC 154.

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