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UFC 141: Johny Hendricks ends the Jon Fitch title talk

Jon Fitch at the UFC 127 pre-fight press

Jon Fitch at the UFC 127 pre-fight press conference at Star City in Sydney, Australia. (Feb. 23, 2011) Credit: Getty

Every time Jon Fitch fights, we reel off his list of bona fides that creates a deserving portfolio for another shot at Georges St-Pierre's UFC welterweight title.

And with one left punch by Johny Hendricks, that title talk surrounding Fitch came to a crashing halt.

Hendricks landed a perfect left punch to Fitch's chin that knocked him out 12 seconds into the first round at UFC 141 in Las Vegas on Friday night.

"I have a left hand," said Hendricks (12-1). "I knew if I hit him with it, I could knock him out."

Here's the rundown on Fitch prior to that 12-second knockout loss that just got erased:

- Six straight fights without a loss (5-0-1)
- Nine straight decisions (7-1-1)
- A 14-1-1 record in the UFC since 2005

That's gone now as Fitch (26-6-3), in his first fight since February because of shoulder surgery, lost any chance of a title shot at some point in 2012. Given the hurdles Fitch had to go through to even get close to a rematch against GSP, they just got a little higher.

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