UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson knocked out former champion Johny Hendricks in the first round of their UFC Fight Night 82 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Hendricks (17-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) spent much of first round taking punches and kicks from Thompson (12-1MMA, 7-1 UFC).
A right hand wobbled Hendricks followed by a kick into his chest; Thompson then put Hendricks down with a straight left and finished him off with unanswered punches to win at the 3:31 mark of the first round.
“I came out here to put on a good show, and hopefully, the fans and everybody back home was impressed. Hopefully, I can get that title, baby,” said Thompson after the fight.
All UFC Fight Night 82 results:
Stephen Thompson def. Johny Hendricks via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:31
Roy Nelson def. Jared Rosholt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ovince Saint Preux def. Rafael Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joseph Benavidez def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Misha Cirkunov def. Alex Nicholson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:28
Mike Pyle def. Sean Spencer via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:25
Josh Burkman def. K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Derrick Lewis def. Damian Grabowski via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:17
Justin Scoggins def. Ray Borg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Diego Rivas def. Noad Lahat via knockout (flying knee) – Round 2, 0:23
Mickey Gall def. Mike Jackson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 0:45
Alex White def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)