After the withdrawals of Cain Velasquez and heavy weight champion Fabricio Werdum this pre-Super Bowl event was downgraded from pay-per-view to regular old television. Meaning you didn’t have to find a dodgy illegal streaming site to watch UFN 82 in Las Vegas and were able to watch the emergence of Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson as a legit title contender without infecting your laptop with a virus.
Thompson dominated former welterweight champion Johnny Hendricks, stuffing an early take-down before dominating on the feet with his striking and control of range. Hendricks (17-4) suffered his first stoppage loss as a professional and has been bumped back a few places in the queue for a shot at Robbie Lawler. Thompson (12-1) may well be next in line for a shot at the welterweight strap.
The finish of the night goes to the unbeaten Diego Rivas (7-0) who landed a perfectly timed flying knee at the beginning of the second round to beat Noad Lahat (9-2). Earning himself a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus in the process.
Rivas’ flying knee:
Thompson’s striking overwhelms Hendricks: