The main event of UFC Fight Night 82 saw a massive upset as Stephen Thompson defeated former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks via KO in the opening round. It was an impressive victory against a durable opponent and Thompson even requsted a title shot during his post-fight speech.
Check out the play-by-play below:
R1: Thompson in a distinctly closed stance, then he throws a switch high kick. Hendricks dodges it and forces a clinch on the next exchange, pushing Thompson onto the cage. Left-side underhook and right knees to the thigh from Hendricks before Thompson separates. Thompson nearly counters a Hendricks left, then slices in two front-leg side kicks, one downstairs and one up. Now a three-punch combo from Thompson rattles the jaw of Hendricks.
Thompson steps back on a Hendricks flurry and darts back into range with a clean right. Hendricks blocks a right high kick but absorbs a straight left to the beard. Now a quick right from Thompson, who's frustrating Hendricks with his artful movement. Right hook to right roundhouse kick from Thompson, who then sits down on a right hand that wobbles Hendricks. Thompson stays on the trigger with a spinning kick to the gut, then a salvo of short rights to the head as Hendricks covers up and goes down. The ref waves it off. This was a one-sided kickboxing clinic from "Wonderboy."