UFC Fight Night 82: Round-Up
The UFC was in Sin City this weekend for UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs Thompson. In a card originally slated to headline a Heavyweight title fight, the UFC had to shift around after challenger Cain Velasquez pulled out of the fight due to a back injury 13 days ago. The UFC tried to shuttle Stipe Miocic as a replacement, only to have Champion Fabricio Werdum pull out of the fight with injury as well. In the end, the fans were given a free FS1 fight card that many will walk away satisfied with. Here’s the main things you need to know.
|Main Card Results|
|Welterweight||Stephen Thompson||def.||Johny Hendricks||TKO (punches)||1||3:31|
|Heavyweight||Roy Nelson||def.||Jared Rosholt||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Light heavyweight||Ovince Saint Preux||def.||Rafael Cavalcante||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Flyweight||Joseph Benavidez||def.||Zach Makovsky||Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)||3||5:00|
|Light heavyweight||Misha Cirkunov||def.||Alex Nicholson||Submission (neck crank)||2||1:28|
|Welterweight||Mike Pyle||def.||Sean Spencer||TKO (elbows and knees)||3||4:25|
Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson may have surprised a lot of people, Johny Hendricks included, with his speed and power. When he throws kicks people tend to think they’re all flash but man does he pack some firepower behind them. Hendricks, who is a former Welterweight champ, looked for a lack of a better word mediocre. This comment is more of a statement about Thompson’s performance than anything. Hendricks wasn’t able to mount much of an offense, and seemed to be taken aback when he got hit by Wonderboy’s first kick. Hendricks is still a top talent in this stacked division but his stock is way down and it’s going to be a bit before he contends for a title again. Speaking of title shots, give Stephen Thompson one. This guy is a very exciting fighter, with highlight reel knock out potential, opposite of Champion Robbie Lawler the fans would be in for a treat.
Saint Preux injured his ankle pretty bad in the first round after awkwardly landing a kick on Rafael Feijao’s leg. Despite his opponent’s obvious limp and injury Feijao did not mount any sort of attack, in fact Saint Preux ended the first round on top of Feijao dropping some heavy ground and pound. Saint Preux spent the rest of the fight gingerly stepping down on his right foot, but continued to pressure and hurt Feijao. In the end OSP almost finished Feijao a few times but got the unanimous decision victory over his scared and tentative opponent.
The night was overshadowed by the announcement of former professional wrestler CM Punk, finally getting his official match up. Mickey Gall won his prelim fight in 45 secs with a right hand that transitioned into a rear naked choke on the ground, but after the fight the UFC announced that his next opponent would be the former WWE Superstar. Whether you like it or not CM Punk brings a lot of attention to the UFC, and they’re going to milk this cash cow for all it’s worth.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/ufc-fight-night-82-round-up/https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/508844976.jpg?fit=1024%2C686&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/508844976.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Combat SportsMMARecent PostsJohny HEndricks,MMA,roy nelson,Saint Preux,Stephen Thompson,UFC,UFC Fight Night 82,ufc fight night 82 hendricks vs thompson,UFC Vegas,WonderboyThe UFC was in Sin City this weekend for UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs Thompson. In a card originally slated to headline a Heavyweight title fight, the UFC had to shift around after challenger Cain Velasquez pulled out of the fight due to a back injury 13 days...Michael GomezMichael Gomezmichaelgom3@gmail.comEditorMichael Gomez grew up on a healthy diet of sports and video games and has continued to enjoy both throughout his life. A student of California State University Channel Islands, Michael is majoring in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. Naturally the combined interests in writing and sports lead to his involvement in sports media. When he's not meticulously following the NBA season, he's working on his fiction story, playing video games or enjoying a bite to eat. Follow him on twitter @MichaelGom3MyFantasySportsTalk