100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (24 Total):
1. Stephen Thompson - 94.3
2. Derrick Lewis - 92.7
3. Misha Cirkunov - 92.3
4. Mike Pyle - 92.1
5. Mickey Gall - 91.8
6. Ovince St. Preux - 91.6
7. Justin Scoggins - 91.5
8. Diego Rivas - 91.0
9. Joseph Benavidez - 90.9
10. Alex White - 90.7
UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Stephen Thompson vs. Johny Hendricks
Fighters & Matches 89.4
Top 10 Fighters 91.9
TOTAL 90.7
     The first round had Lobov doing his usual Cyborg thing, as he kept moving forward, throwing that right hand, and pressuring White the entire time. It looked like White might have rocked him near the end of the round though, and White used that to take Lobov to the ground. I'm assuming that moment stole the round for White? Lobov stood back up before any real damage was done though. The second round was more of the same, with Lobov moving forward with his chin in the air, as White was being a little more technical, picking him apart with front leg kicks, and some decent boxing. He also secured another takedown in the final minute of the round for good measure. The final round was the same story again, with relatively even striking on the feet, and then White secured a takedown a couple of minutes into the round, clearly earning the unanimous decision victory with his wrestling. Lobov was a lot of fun to watch on The Ultimate Fighter, but with a record of 0-2 in the UFC, I'm starting to think that he really doesn't belong here, especially since his losses aren't exactly against world beaters. (Ryan Hall is pretty solid though...)
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      Mickey Gall is fighting for a shot at C.M. Punk. He came out, punched Jackson with a right hand, knocked him to the ground, he grabbed his back, finished him off with a rear-naked choke, and earned his shot against C.M. Punk in under a minute. Really solid UFC debut for Mickey Gall, bringing his overall professional record to 2-0. Jackson on the other hand, now has a record of 0-1. I'm glad Gall won this fight, but it SORT OF sucks that Jackson had NOTHING to show for himself here. I don't know if we'll be seeing him again or not.
(Flying Knee)
      This fight started, and Lahat got poked in the eye almost immediately. The fight started back up, and Lahat took Rivas to the ground. He went for a mounted guillotine choke, and it almost looked like Rivas was going to tap, but I think he was just trying to push Lahat's arm off of him. Lahat eventually gave up the choke, and worked his way into side control, where he beat up Rivas on the ground with some short elbows. He got a little sloppy, and Rivas tried to lock on a triangle, but Lahat slammed his way out of it, and then grabbed Rivas's back, looking for a rear-naked choke. Lahat transitioned into an arm-triangle choke. He really started to crank that shit, and again, it looked like Rivas was in trouble, but somehow he was able to hang in there. Lahat took his back again, threw an elbow at Rivas's head, and then went for another rear-naked choke. Rivas pretty much got dominated by Lahat's submission game in that opening round. With 30 seconds left in the round, Rivas picked up Lahat and tried to slam him, but he got caught in a guillotine choke, which Lahat used to mount Rivas again. The second round started, Lahat shot in for a takedown, Rivas clipped him with a flying knee on the way in, and knocked Lahat the fuck out. That was a huge win for Diego Rivas, he was a pretty big underdog here.
      Ray Borg came in as a fairly heavy favorite for this fight, and he was struggling to keep Scoggins on the floor. He secured a couple of takedowns, but Scoggins was able to consistently bounce right back up. Meanwhile, on the feet, Scoggins was picking apart Borg with his karate, throwing kicks from interesting angles, and pegging Borg in the face with punches. Borg's face was busted up by the end of the first round, and Scoggins was looking clean. The second round started with Borg pulling guard. Scoggins beat him up on the ground, and then stood back up, and continued to pick apart Borg with those karate kicks. Borg came out for the final round looking desperate, shooting for a takedown, and giving it all that he had, just to keep Scoggins on the ground. Scoggins was able to pop back up, and Borg pulled guard again. From there, Scoggins kept top position for most of the round, basically outwrestling Borg. In the end, Scoggins beat Borg at every aspect of the game, and he clearly won this fight with a 30-27 unanimous decision victory. VERY impressive performance by the underdog, Justin Scoggins, as he works his way into the Top 10 of UFC's Flyweight division.
      Grabowski started this fight looking for a takedown, but Lewis flipped him over, ending up in top position, inside Grabowski's open guard. From there, Lewis opened up with some pretty heavy ground & pound, making Grabowski look like he didn't have a ground game at all. Lewis continued to pound on him with massive punches & elbows, and the referee eventually stopped the fight. Really solid victory for Derrick Lewis.
      The first round started kind of slow, with both guys dancing around a little bit, but when offense DID happen, it was almost entirely one-sided, being delivered by Burkman in the forms of punches & kicks. I'm not sure what Noons was waiting for, but he didn't do much of anything in the first round. 1-0 Burkman so far. The second round started with Burkman looking for a takedown, and he picked up Noons and slammed him to the ground with a relatively weak looking spinebuster. It was still exciting though, since he had him up in the air for a few seconds. They stood back up, and continued to dance around. Burkman continued to pick apart Noons with punches & kicks for the remainder of the round. 2-0 going into the final round, for Josh Burkman. The final round was a little more competitive, with Noons finally moving forward and throwing some punches, but Burkman never really stopped coming forward either. That final round probably could have gone either way, but regardless of how you score the final round, Burkman at least wins this fight, 29-28, if not 30-27. All 3 judges gave him all 3 rounds, for the unanimous decision victory. This also leaves Noons with a 3-7 record in his last 10 fights. In my opinion, he has no business fighting in the UFC anymore. Burkman on the other hand, is 6-4 in his last 10 fights, assuming you leave the loss to a roided out Lombard on his record, so I'm still mildly interested in seeing Burkman fight again in the UFC.
(Elbows & Knees)
      The first half of the first round had Pyle picking apart Spencer with leg kicks, and punches. Spencer then knocked down Pyle with a punch, and got on top of him, but once Pyle tied him up in his guard, Spencer decided to stand back up. From there, Spencer started to pick apart Pyle a little bit, as Pyle was just standing too straight. The round ended with Pyle beating up Spencer against the cage, so... That round could have PROBABLY gone either way, but I'm assuming most people gave it to Spencer, based on the one knockdown. They were trading strikes in the second round, until Pyle rocked the shit out of Spencer about halfway through the round, causing him to wobble around on chicken legs. Pyle used that moment to beat him up some more, but Spencer was able to recover fairly quickly. Pyle continued to beat up Spencer for the duration of the rest of the round, and then secured a takedown in the final seconds for good measure. I have the score all tied up going into the final round. Spencer started the final round throwing some decent strikes, clearly outworking Pyle, but Pyle tripped him and threw him to the ground just before the halfway mark, he went for a guillotine, and then mounted him. He pressed him up against the cage, and then went for another guillotine choke against the cage. Spencer eventually worked his way back to his feet, and then took a knee to the chin on his way up. Pyle then looked like he was going to kill Spencer, from the clinch, as he fucking DESTROYED him with elbows, rocked the shit out of him, and then blasted him with countless knees to the face, looking at the referee as Spencer refused to fall down, but he was clearly out on his feet, as Pyle continued to smash his face with knees, until the referee finally stopped the fight. AWESOME win for the 40 year old Mike Pyle.
(Neck Crank)
      Nicholson is making his UFC debut here, and he's the biggest underdog on the card, and he proposed to his girlfriend at the weigh-ins. That all SOUNDS like a setup for failure. Cirkunov on the other hand, is here for his second UFC fight, and he has a lot of hype behind him. Cirkunov spent most of the first round beating up Nicholson on the feet, and he also showed some strong clinchwork, where he sort of went for a standing arm-triangle choke, and kneed the shit out of Nicholson's body. Cirkunov then absorbed a groin shot. Cirkunov continued to grind away on Nicholson, taking him down with 30 seconds left in the round, and then he blasted him with a massive elbow on the ground before the buzzer. The second round started with Cirkunov beating up Nicholson on the feet, and then he took him down in under a minute, grabbing his back, looking for a rear-naked choke. He tried to dig it in deep, and then he cranked the shit out of Nicholson's jaw, and I THINK he rebroke Nicholson's jaw with that choke, because when he tapped, it was a very "all of the sudden" style tap. Really solid performance by Misha Cirkunov, but he could definitely use some work on his cardio.
      The first round of this fight was pretty competitive, and Makovsky even slammed Benavidez at one point, but for the most part, the opening round was all about Benavidez picking apart Makovsky with punch & kick combinations. The second round was the same deal, with Makovsky working for takedowns, while Benavidez continued to pick him apart with punches & kicks. I have Benavidez ahead, 2-0, going into the final round. Makovsky finally started to look frustrated in the final round, as Benavidez continued to pick him apart, while Makovsky couldn't really land much of anything worthwhile. I gave this fight to Benavidez, 30-27, and all 3 judges agreed, but two of them scored it 29-28, all for Benavidez.
      The first round was highlighted by St. Preux breaking his foot early in the round by kicking Feijao's leg, so he spent the entire round limping around, while Feijao picked apart his lead leg. I'm not 100% sure it's a broken foot, but... His leg was fucked, that's for sure. With about a minute left, St. Preux rocked Feijao, blasted him with some hard punches, knocked him to the ground, and tried to finish him, but Feijao saved himself by holding St. Preux in his guard, praying for the round to end. Even though St. Preux's foot was jacked, I'm giving the first round to St. Preux for almost finishing Feijao near the end of the round. The second round was more of the same, with St. Preux beating up Feijao on the feet. Feijao looks sloppy as fuck. At one point, he rushed in throwing punches, and almost knocked himself out, falling backwards, as St. Preux pounced on him, taking credit for the knockdown. From there, St. Preux beat the shit out of Feijao with big punches & elbows on the ground. Going into the final round, I want nothing more than for St. Preux to finish Feijao. Feijao blew it by not capitalizing on St. Preux's injured foot in the first round. Feijao came out swinging like a madman in the final round, but St. Preux took him down 90 seconds into the round, landing in half guard. St. Preux clearly won this fight, 30-27, maybe even 30-26, and that's after breaking his foot in the first round. Solid performance by Ovince St. Preux. Feijao on the other hand is on a 3 fight losing streak, and in my opinion, he should go to Bellator or somewhere that has competition closer to his level.
      The first 3 minutes of this fight were very boring, with Nelson throwing a couple of punches, and then both guys just walking around in a circle. Rosholt clipped Nelson though, and followed up with a few shots, putting the ball back in Rosholt's court. By the end of the round, Rosholt was actually kind of picking apart Nelson with his jab. Round one goes to Rosholt. The second round was another slow paced round, with Nelson causing Rosholt to limp for a few seconds after a kick to the knee. Nelson got sloppy though, slipped, and got hit a few times by Rosholt. Nelson spent the last half of the round chasing Rosholt, throwing big bombs, but not really connecting with most of them. Still, I think Nelson's aggressiveness was enough to win the round for Nelson. I have the score all tied up going into the final round. The final round was really boring, like the rest of the fight. Rosholt shot for a single leg takedown at one point, but didn't get anywhere with it. This was one of the worst heavyweight fights I've seen in a while. I used to love Roy Nelson, but at this point, I don't really want to watch him fight anymore. I don't think anyone ever really wanted to see Rosholt fight in the first place, but... He at least had a solid winning streak going into this fight. This fight probably could have gone either way, and it could have easily been a draw. Instead, the judges gave it to Nelson via unanimous decision. I still really don't want to watch him fight anymore though.
      This fight was fucking AWESOME!!! Johny Hendricks showed up in amazing shape, he looked like he was ready to kill somebody, but then he got ABSOLUTELY SLAUGHTERED by Stephen Thompson. Thompson's striking is second to none. They kept referring to him as a sniper, and that shit is legit. He was throwing amazing punches, ultra fast kicks from every direction, and the one time Hendricks shot for a takedown, Thompson was able to stuff it. Stephen Thompson deserves a title shot in my opinion. He's on a 6-Fight winning streak, he just fucking SLAUGHTERED a guy that went to multiple decisions with guys like GSP & Robbie Lawler. STEPHEN THOMPSON IS MY FAVORITE!!! Hahaha... He's the fucking man, and that was easily the biggest win of his career at this point. Stephen Thompson just blew the minds of everyone in the audience.