What a weird and interesting past few weeks for the UFC Fight Night 82 card – or the one that was previously entitled UFC 196.
First, Cain Velasquez pulled out of the planned UFC heavyweight title fight main event with Fabricio Werdum. Stipe Miocic stepped in, but shortly after, Werdum exited the card.
We are left with an event set to air live on FOX Sports 1 instead of pay-per-view this Saturday night with former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks facing Stephen Thompson from Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Along with Hendricks-Thompson, Roy Nelson takes on Jared Rosholt in a heavyweight affair, while Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante battles Ovince Saint Preux at light heavyweight.
The FS1 main card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET, opens with flyweights Joseph Benavidez and Zach Makovsky.
All the action starts at 6 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass before shifting over to FS1 for the remainder of the night at 8 p.m. ET. Veterans Josh Burkman and KJ Noons collide in the main prelim bout.
Below is the complete lineup, along with a video promo:
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