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UFC 196: Promotion Confirms New Plans

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Former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson will headline the upcoming UFC 196 card, but it won’t be on pay-per-view.

Instead, officials have moved the main card to FOX Sports 1 after the planned headline fight between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez for the UFC heavyweight title was scrapped. Werdum was set to defend vs. Stipe Miocic, but the champion also bowed out recently.

Along with Hendricks vs. Thompson, the main card features Roy Nelson-Jared Rosholt, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante-Ovince Saint Preux and Joseph Benavidez-Zach Makovsky.

A few years back, the UFC completely cancelled a planned PPV after Jon Jones declined a short notice title defense vs. Chael Sonnen.

The current lineup is below:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson

Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt

Light Heavyweight: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 pm. ET)

Lightweight: Josh Burkman vs. KJ Noons

Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Damian Grabowski

Welterweight: Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer

Light Heavyweight: Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson

Featherweight: Artem Lobov vs. Alex White

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins

Featherweight: Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas

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