UFC Fight Night 82 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Hendricks vs. Thompson Card

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 7, 2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06:  (L-R) Johny Hendricks fights Stephen Thompson in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson did something that no one had ever done: He dominated Johny Hendricks. It took just three minutes, 31 seconds for Thompson's majestic striking game to dismantle Hendricks in the main event at UFC Fight Night 82.

A flurry of kicks and punches left Hendricks baffled by his opponent's speed. A counter straight right hand and left hook dazed the former champion against the cage. A spinning back kick and a series of hard right hands prompted referee John McCarthy to stop the bout.

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06:  (L-R) Stephen Thompson fights Johny Hendricks in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Get
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Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter was on the money with his assessment:

Per UFC.com, Thompson landed 24 significant strikes in three-and-a-half minutes, compared to seven for Hendricks. Thompson's strikes had speed, power and accuracy. Combine those elements with his length (6'0"), and he may be the most dangerous striker in the sport.

To make his performance more impressive, Thompson stopped a takedown attempt by Hendricks within the first 30 seconds of the bout. This well-roundedness from a notorious striker against a respected grappler played to Botter's Holly Holm comparison.

It also supported MMA Fighting's Shaheen Al-Shatti's summary:

Coming in, Thompson was known primarily as a karate master whose game wasn't developed. That doesn't look to be the case anymore. He put himself in position to challenge champion Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title, but Tyron Woodley has been waiting a long time for a shot at the gold.

It seems fair to give Woodley his shot, but it's hard not to think of how awesome a Thompson vs. Lawler fight could be. Hopefully, that's a fight we get to see at some point.

 

Roy Nelson Beats Jared Rosholt in a Horrible Fight

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06:  (L-R) Roy Nelson fights Jared Rosholt in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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You won't find a worse co-main event. Roy Nelson and Jared Rosholt lumbered around the Octagon for 15 minutes without landing anything of significance. Nelson applied the most pressure and landed a few solid leg kicks. Those strikes led to his unanimous-decision victory.

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Snowden and MMA Mania tweeted what everyone had to be thinking:

Per UFC.com, the two heavyweights landed a total of 93 significant strikes—it seemed as though they landed even fewer. Nelson tried to create some action, but Rosholt wouldn't engage. Despite his celebrated wrestling background, Rosholt attempted only two takedowns in the entire fight.

It was a bizarre and excruciatingly boring fight to watch. Here's a look at all of the results from Las Vegas:

UFC Fight Night 82 Results
MatchupWeight ClassWinner
Alex White vs. Artem LobovFeatherweightWhite by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mickey Gall vs. Mike JacksonWelterweightGall by Submission in 1st Round (Rear-Naked Choke)
Noad Lahat vs. Diego RivasFeatherweightRivas by KO in 2nd Round (Flying Knee)
Ray Borg vs. Justin ScogginsFlyweightScoggins by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Derrick Lewis vs. Damian GrabowskiHeavyweightLewis by TKO in 1st Round (Punches)
Joshua Burkman vs. KJ NoonsLightweightBurkman by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mike Pyle vs. Sean SpencerWelterweightPyle by TKO (Punches and Knees)
Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex NicholsonLight HeavyweightCirkunov by Submission in 2nd Round (Neck Crank)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Zack MakovskyFlyweightBenavidez by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Rafael CalvacanteLight HeavyweightSaint Preux by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Roy Nelson vs. Jared RosholtHeavyweightNelson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen ThompsonWelterweightThompson by TKO in 1st Round (Punches)
Fox Sports 1 Broadcast

 

The Finishes

Gall Is the One

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06:  (L-R) Mickey Gall secures a rear choke submission against Mike Jackson in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zu
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CM Punk has his first UFC opponent. Mickey Gall destroyed Mike Jackson inside of a minute to earn the distinction of welcoming the former WWE champion to the UFC.

Jackson was overmatched. He was making his professional debut, and the UFC served him up for Gall to shine ahead of a bout with Punk.

Fox Sports: UFC captured the first meeting between the two future combatants:

Per MMAFighting.com, Gall's trash talk was WWE-like immediately after the victory:

In Gall's brief time in the Octagon, he displayed excellent poise and nice transitioning from striking to grappling. We don't know what to expect from Punk in the Octagon, but we'll find out what he has to offer at UFC 199 or UFC 200, per Dana White on the UFC Fight Pass broadcast.

 

The Nastiest of Knees

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06:  Diego Rivas of Chile celebrates after his knockout victory over Noad Lahat of Israel in their featherweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by
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You won't see a more devastating knockout via flying knee than the one Diego Rivas used to stop Noad Lahat on Saturday night. After Lahat's Brazilian jiu-jitsu game thoroughly dominated him in the first round, Rivas was ready for his opponent to shoot for another takedown.

Just before they engaged for the first time in the second round, Rivas launched into the air and caught Lahat square on the chin. Lahat was out before he crumpled to the canvas. It was scary.

Ben Fowlkes of MMA Junkie, MMAFighting.com and Bleacher Report MMA reacted to the finish:

Per B/R's Jeremy Botter, Lahat was at least able to get to his feet:

Lahat is no stranger to flying knees. Godofredo Pepey also defeated him with the exciting maneuver in March 2014. His career thus far has brought a new meaning to the phrase "watch those knees."

 

The Black Beast Devours Grabowski

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06:  (L-R) Derrick Lewis punches Damian Grabowski of Poland in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Derrick Lewis made quick work of Damian Grabowski. After staving off a takedown, Lewis gained top position and rained down punches with bad intentions until the referee stepped in to stop the bout.

It was a quick stoppage, but the outcome wasn't in doubt. Grabowski had no answer for Lewis' ground-and-pound. Fox Sports' Damon Martin had a different way to describe Lewis' ground attack:

Lewis talked about a potential title shot during his post-fight interview on Fox Sports 1, but he probably needs to win three more fights before he can challenge for the gold.

 

Pyle Wins Seesaw Affair

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06:  (L-R) Sean Spencer and Mike Pyle fight in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Image
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Sean Spencer rocked 40-year-old Mike Pyle in the first round but couldn't get the finish. Pyle wouldn't waste his opportunity to put Spencer away. With both fighters gassed in the third round, Pyle landed a hard spinning elbow that wobbled Spencer.

Pyle then methodically landed a series of knees, punches and elbows until referee Yves Lavigne called for an end to the fight. Fowlkes gave his take on Pyle's performance:

Pyle isn't a serious contender anymore, but he proved he can still compete at a high level.

 

Cirkunov Cranks Out a Win

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 06:  Misha Cirkunov of Latvia submits Alex Nicholson in their light heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at MGM Grand Garden Arena on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jamie Squire /Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC
Jamie Squire /Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Alex Nicholson was in over his head, and Misha Cirkunov sent him home with a loss in his UFC debut. Nicholson kept trying amateurish spinning strikes—missing them all—and he had no solution for Cirkunov's ground game.

In the second round, Cirkunov gained top position, and Nicholson's lack of poise put him in a compromising position. Cirkunov took Nicholson's back and locked in a rear-naked choke.

It didn't appear as though he had it in under his neck, but Cirkunov was able to squeeze Nicholson's jaw, which had been injured before, per the Fox Sports 1 broadcast, to induce the quick tapout. Per Fox Sports, Cirkunov gave us the graphic details:

Neither man looked impressive, and Cirkunov might be in trouble against a more experienced and talented light heavyweight.

 

What's Next

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 18:  Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone waits backstage during the UFC weigh-in inside the Orange County Convention Center on December 18, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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UFC Fight Night 83 will take place Sunday, February 21, at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The battle of the UFC's two Cowboys will headline the event.

Fresh off his loss to Rafael dos Anjos in December, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone will take on Cowboy Alex Oliveira. The main event was originally supposed to feature Cerrone against Tim Means, but a potential anti-doping violation forced the latter out of the fight, per MMA Weekly. Oliveira stepped in to take his place.

The fight won't have much bearing on the lightweight title scene, but it has some flare because of the shared nickname. Cerrone has also proved to be an exciting fighter in most of his fights.

It should be an entertaining scrap.


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