UFC Fight Night 82 took place live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night, and in the main event, welterweight contender Stephen Thompson picked up the biggest win of his career with a stunning first-round TKO over former champion Johny Hendricks.
There were several upsets on this card, including in the headliner, and lots of very impressive performances throughout the night. Following the event, the UFC handed out four post-fight bonuses worth $50,000 each:
Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer: These two fighters opened up the six-fight main card with an exciting welterweight clash in which Pyle got the third-round TKO win. Quicksand had a slow start, with Spencer having success with his jab early on. But the 40-year old was able to rebound in the later rounds — he hurt Spencer, and picked up his first win in nearly two years.
Stephen Thompson: Wonderboy picked up a very deserved bonus for his upset victory over Bigg Rigg. He showed off his unorthodox striking early on, and did not allow Hendricks to close the distance and take him to the ground. It wasn’t long until Thompson landed some nasty shots and put away the former 170-pound titleholder.
Diego Rivas: After getting dominated in the first round on the ground, Pitbull shocked the world when he landed a crisp flying knee to end his preliminary card bout with large favorite Noad Lahat. Rivas’ win over Lahat is arguably one of the best knockouts of the year so far, and he absolutely deserved a bonus reward after a stunning finish on Saturday night.
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