My Thoughts From The UFC Fight Night 82 Main Card
Stephen Thompson def. Johny Hendricks via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:31
What a fight. In the early seconds Hendricks got Thompson against the cage and took him down. I thought it was a clear indication Johny was going to dominate. I was completely wrong and looked like a fool for thinking that way. Stephen Thompson is a beast, Stephen Thompson is extremely accurate with his strikes, Stephen Thompson is creative and Stephen Thompson made me a little wet watching him Saturday. This man is going to be a star. Remember the name (that is why I repeated it so often).
Roy Nelson def. Jared Rosholt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
This was a terrible fight. Roy Nelson was respecting the take down of Jared Rosholt too much, so he did not let his hands go. Jared Rosholt respected the standup of Roy Nelson too much, leading to hesitation and basically no takedown attempts. This hurts both fighters stock and I hope they get demoted to the undercard moving forward. Make them earn it back!!!
Ovince Saint Preux def. Rafael Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
OSP did what he had to do to get the W on a hurt ankle. He suffered that injury during the fight and it limited his attack and movement. Rafael Cavalcante did not throw a ton and it is frustrating because when he did throw, I saw good speed. I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC cuts Cavalcante. You can’t stay in the UFC if you don’t show up to a fight ready to fight.
Joseph Benavidez def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
I like watching the little guys fight. They have a ton of speed, a huge gas tank and do not stay down. Joseph Benavidez was quicker to the punch and outworked Makovsky during the fight. Nothing spectacular but it was a solid W for Benavidez.
Misha Cirkunov def. Alex Nicholson via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:28
Cirkunov looked huge (although a little slow and robotic) and it appears he will be a beast in the division. It did not look like Nicholson had a shot to win this fight unless he landed one of those spinning back fists. I could tell it was only a matter of time before the fight hit the mat and when it did… tap!!!
Mike Pyle def. Sean Spencer via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:25
Mike Pyle started off slow, but if you don’t capitalize on that early it is usually a tough night for his opponent. Sean Spencer found that out first hand when Pyle landed some good shots to rock Spencer in the second round and continued to work in the third until he got the stoppage.