Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a five-round bout in the UFC's welterweight division as former UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks takes on Stephen Thompson, winner of five straight fights. In the co-main event, it will be heavyweight action as Roy Nelson squares off against Jared Rosholt. Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 7 PM eastern time with preliminary action all the way thru the main card.
They just announced the next FOX show is 4/16 from the Amalie Arena in Tampa with at least a four hour show on FOX itself.
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias
Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington
Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush
Tecia Torres vs. Rose Namajunas
Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson
Rashad Evans vs. Shogun Rua
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson in a five round main event
The 4/23 PPV will be in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones for the light heavyweight title
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title
Coverage provided by Dave Meltzer
The show opened with a Mickey Gall video, followed by a C.M. Punk interview with Ariel Helwani.
Punk said his focus will be different after today. Said he knows Mickey Gall drives a bread truck, he’s hungry, he’s a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu, but doesn’t have a lot to go on. He said we’re both a bit of a mystery so the fight makes sense. “He’s got hands, he knocked the guy down and he choked the guy out. I think Jiu Jitsu is his strong suit.”
He said if hey fight it’ll be a matter of who wants it jore and who trains hardest beween now and he fight.
“I’m gonna watch, excited to see it, I’m gonna watch like a fan,”
Said hopes Gall wins so he’ll know his opponent. He said that he’s creating jobs, and he’s created two. He said that if Mike (Jackson) wins, he doesn’t get him. “I don’t get it and I don’t think anyone else does either.”
Punk made a joke about not being any good at promos but in time he hopes he can improve.
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS- 7 PM ET/4 PM PT)
FEATHERWEIGHTS- ARTEM LOBOV (11-11-1 1 NC, 0-1 UFC) VS. ALEX WHITE (10-2, 1-2 UFC)
First round: Lobov is a Russian who lives in Dublin and trains with Conor McGregor. White with a body kick. Hard body kick by White. Lobov with a body kick. Lobov has him against the fence. White landed a punch and took him down. Punches and knees by White. White 10-9.
Second round: Lobov’s coaches told him he probably lost the round because he got wobbled. Low kick by White. Left to the body by White. Kick to the body by White. Traded punches. White landing more. White still landing. Both trading. Lobov bleeding under the left eye. White took him down. White 20-18.
Third round: White took him down again. He moved to side control Lobov started to land after he got up. He scored a nice right hook. White came back with punches when Lobov missed wild punches. White landing punches and Lobov look tired. White took him down again. Lobov bleeding from a number of cuts. 30-27 White
Scores: All three have this 30-27 for White
WELTERWEIGHTS- MICKEY GALL (1-0, 0-0 UFC) VS. MIKE JACKSON (0-0, 0-0 UFC)
First round: Jackson is only the sixth guy to make his pro debut in UFC in the post-2001 era. He’s an MMA media guy but is 2-0 as a pro boxer. Gall dropped him with a right to the jaw and after a few punchds on the ground, Gall got his back and is working for a choke. He got the choke and Jackson tapped out immediately. :45
He cut a promo on Punk. Punk came to the cage. They shook hands Punk. Punk looked taller than Gall but he was wearing shoes. They posed together. Punk said nothing on the mic but will do an interview backstage.
Punk did a backstage interview. Punk said he looked very impressive, that’s the way I want to win a fight. Punk said he thought both men looked relax, both came out to good music, he seemed to be having fun. Punk asked him if he was having fan and Gall said “I’m having a blast.” Punk said he’s indifferent that it was a short fight, “I don’t care about how hard he hits. I try not to get hit.” He said he wants to talk to his wife, said she’s in her room writing a book.
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX SPORTS 1- 8 PM ET/5 PM PT)
FEATHERWEIGHTS- NOAD LAHAT (9-1, 2-1 UFC) VS. DIEGO RIVAS (6-0, 1-0 UFC)
First round: Rivas poked him in the eye right away. Lahat with a low kick. Lahat took him down. Lahat working for a guillotine. Rivas seems to have it blocked. Lahat gave up on it. Lahat stayed on top. Lahat has his back. Now he’s working for a head and arm choke. Rivas got up slammed him down but Lahat reversed to the top. Lahat 10-9.
Second round: Rivas landed a jumping knee and blocked Lahat out. Crazy finish. Lahat was out cold.
FLYWEIGHTS- (#12) RAY BORG (9-1, 3-1 UFC) VS. JUSTIN SCOGGINS (10-2, 3-2 UFC)
First round: Borg took him down but Scoggins right back up. Body kick by Scoggins. Left and body shot by Scoggins. Scoggins with lefts. Borg went for a takedown but Scoggins blocked it. Borg has a bloody nose. Body kick by Scoggins. 10-9 Scoggins
Second round: Spin kick by Scoggins. Scoggins slammed him down, although it was more Borg pulling guard. Borg up. Body kick by Scoggins. Head kick by Scoggins. Borg bleeding from the nose. Scoggins took him down. Borg went for a reverse but Scoggins reversed back to the top. Scoggins landing a lot of punches but Borg threw a big punch back. Spin kick by Scoggins. Right by Borg. Scoggins missed a spinning backfist. Borg went for the takedown but didn’t get it. Scoggins tried a takedown by Borg defended. Scoggins 20-18.
Third round: Borg got the takedown. Scoggins up and slammed him down. Borg back up. Scoggigns took him down again. Scoggins just holding him down and trying to burn out the clock since he’s winning the decision here. Scoggins 30-27.
Scores: 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26 for Scoggins.
Scoggins did a great promo, telling UFC to not put him on the shelf, and vowed he would win the title by the end of 2016.
HEAVYWEIGHTS- DERRICK LEWIS (13-4 1 NC, 4-2 UFC) VS. DAMIAN GRABOWSKI (20-2, 0-0 UFC)
First round: Lewis ran in but got taken down. Lewis then threw him down and is on top. Lewis landing big punches. Grabowski bleeding. Lewis threw punches from the back. Lewis hammering him with punches from the top. Lewis landed more punches and it was stopped. Impressive win.
LIGHTWEIGHTS- JOSHUA BURKMAN (27-12 1 NC, 5-7 1 NC UFC) VS. K.J. NOONS (13-8 1 NC, 2-2 1 NC UFC)
First round: Body kick by Burkman. Low kick by Burkman and two more. More low kicks by Burkman. Body kick by Burkman. Low kick by Burkamn. Burkman with a spin kick. Burkman with a body kick. Crowd booing. Body kick by Burkman. Noons did nothing this round until the end when he finally started throwing punches. 10-9 Burkman
Second round: Burkman took him down with a high slam but Noons back up. Big left by Noons. Burkman still with low kicks. Crowd booing again. Both trading punches. Noons lands a nice left hook. Burkamn landed a good punch. Closer round. 20-18 Burkman.
Third round: John McCarthy pretty much told them to do something. Burkman took him down. Noons back up. Noons landed several punches. Noons landing more. Burkman looks tired. Noons landing a good left hook. Knee by Burkman. Hard right by Noons. Burkman working for a takedown. Burkman with a left. Burkman working for a takedown and Noons was landing elbows. Burkman took him down. Noons but still have it 29-28 for Burkman.
Scores: All three have it 30-27 for Burkman.
MAIN CARD (FOX SPORTS 1- 10 PM ET/7 PM PT)
WELTERWEIGHTS- MIKE PYLE (26-11-1, 9-6 UFC) VS. SEAN SPENCER (12-4, 3-3 UFC)
First round: Pyle with a body kick. Pyle with a low kick. Spencer dropped him with a right. Spencer landed a left. Spencer with lefts. Pyle back with punches late. Spencer 10-9.
Second round: Pyle hurt him with a punch. Pyle landing rights. Spinning back fist by Pyle and Spencer back with a punch. Spencer with a left. Spencer with a left. Pyle with punches. Knee by Pyle. Spin kick by Pyle. Pyle got for a takedown and got it at the last end of the round. Pyle’s round so 19-19.
Third round: Spencer in with punches. Spencer landed some punches. Pyle faked being rocked which is a bad idea because people, as in judges, may believe it. Pyle took him down and has a guillotine. Knee to the body by Pyle. Left by Spencer. Left by Spencer and a knee by Pyle. Pyle hurt him with an elbow. He’s throwing hard knees and another knee. Elbows by Pyle. More knees, Another knee and Yves Lavigne stopped it. This was a hell of a fight.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS- MISHA CIRKUNOV (10-2, 1-0 UFC) VS. ALEX NICHOLSON (6-1, 0-0 UFC)
First round: Nicholson was giving away a ton of size. He looked like a welterweight, not even a middleweight. Cirkunov with a head kick. Cirkunov is just beating him up. Takedown by Cirkunov. Herb Dean got mad at Nicholson for a low knee. Dean said next time he’s taking away a point. Left by Cirkunov. Cirkunov with punches. Cirkunov took him down again. Hard elbow by Cirkunov. 10-9 Cirkunov.
Second round: Cirkunov took him down. Cirkunov got his back. Cirkunov landing punches from back position. He used a neck crank and got the tap. Screwed up that engagement weekend. Cirkunov just beat him up the entire fight.
FLYWEIGHTS- (#1) JOSEPH BENAVIDEZ (23-4, 10-2 UFC) VS. (#8) ZACH MAKOVSKY (19-6, 3-2 UFC)
First round: Left by Benavidez. Makovksy took him down but Benavidez back up. Low kick by Benavidez. Head kick by Benavidez. Punches by Benavidez. Body kick by Benavidez. Benavidez overwhelmed him but Makovsky took him down again. Another takedown by Makvosky and got his back. 10-9 Benavidez,.
Second round: Makovsky again going for a takedown. Punches and a knee by Benavidez. Body kick by Benavidez. Makovsky got a takedown but Benavidez right back up. The crowd is really into this. Left by Makovsky. He got another takedown but Benavidez back up. Makovsky with another takedown. He jumped on his back. Close round. Makovsky so 19-19.
Third round: Makovsky with a left. Knee by Makovsky. Benavidez with a right. Punch and knee by Benavidez. Benavidez ran in and delivered a right and left and another right. Another right by Benavidez. Left and right by Benavidez. Benavidez knocked him off balance as time ran out. Benavidez 29-28 but he has to win the fight.
Scores: 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28 Benavidez
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS- (#6) OVINCE SAINT PREUX (18-7, 6-2 UFC) VS. (#13) RAFAEL CAVALCANTE (12-6 1 NC, 1-3 UFC)
First round: Saint Preux hurt himself throwing a low kick. Saint Preux is in trouble now as he can barely move. Fejiao throwing low kicks. Right by Feijao. Left by OSP and he’s unloading with punches and put Feijao down . Saint Preux with an elbow from the top. Saint Preux with body punches while staying on top. OSP is hurt by I have him winning the round 10-9.
Second round: Feijao with a left. Saint Preux with lefts. Body kick by Saint Preux. Another front kick by Saint Preux. Saint Preuz knocked him down with a left. Saint Preux on top. Saint Preux landing a lot of lefts from the top. 20-18 OSP.
Third round: Saint Preux moving better. Feijao started throwing big punches. Saint Preux went for a takedown. Saint Preux landing more punches and took him down. Saint Preux is mainly just holding him down and the crowd is booing a lot. They really should stand it up from here. Big left dropping down by Saint Preux . Saint Preux throwing a lot of punches late. It was close to being stopped when the time ran out. 30-27 OSP, could be 30-26.
Scores: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 for OSP.
The injury was to OSP’s right ankle.
HEAVYWEIGHTS- (#11) ROY NELSON (20-12, 7-8 UFC) VS. (#12) JARED ROSHOLT (14-2, 6-1 UFC)First round: Nelson missed a punch by a mile. Rosholt landed a few punches. Rosholt with punches. Rosholt with jabs. Front kick by Rosholt. Rosholt 10-9.
Second round: Nelson with a low kick. Nelson is moving forward but not landing anything. Nelson slipped throwing a punch. Body kick by Rosholt. Crowd booing this fight as well. Left by Nelson. Low kick by Rosholt. Nelson landed a right. Nelson landed a couple of punches and Rosholt dancing away. Rosholt landed some punches. Boring fight. Nelson’s round so 19-19.
Third round: Low kick by Nelson. Rosholt dancing away. Nelson throwing big punches and Rosholt ran away. Rosholt landed a left as Nelson came in. Nelson back with a few punches. Right by Nelson. Rosholt went for a takedown but Nelson blocked it. Rosholt anded a right. Left by Rosholt. Crowd booing both men. Nelson 29-28 but either guy could win.
Scores: 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28 Nelson
WELTERWEIGHTS- (#2) JOHNY HENDRICKS (17-3, 12-3 UFC) VS. (#8) STEPHEN THOMPSON (11-1, 6-1 UFC)
First round: Hendricks looks so much smaller than usual. Hendricks moved in and working for a takedown. Thompson’s defense is good. Side kick by Thompson. High kick by Thompson. Another head kick and landing big punches and a body kick Thompson is taking him apart. Right by Thompson. Right by Thompson. Head kick by Thompson. Left by Thompson. Knee by Thompson. Left by Hendricks and Thompson back with kicks. Thompson destroying him with punches. He landed a spin kick and finished him with punches. This was a one sided destruction. Hendricks had nothing. He was a different guy. 3:31
Thompson wanted a title match next.