Originally billed as UFC 196, but last week downgraded to Fight Night status after the main event was scrapped, we’ve got the full UFC Fight Night 82 fight card for you below.

Leading the card will be a welterweight fight between No.2 contender and former champion Johny Hendricks and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson who’s No.8 in the division and riding a five fight winning streak.

In the co-main event there’s heavyweight action with Roy Nelson desperately needing a win after losing his last three in a row against Jared Rosholt who’s grinded his way to a trio of wins in the past 12 months.

Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante has lost three of his past four fights and the 35 year-old faces a challenging match-up here against Ovince St.Preux who’s also looking to bounce back from a loss.

Joseph Benavidez remains rooted to the No.1 contender spot in the flyweight division after his latest four fight winning run and he next faces Zach Makovsky, the former Bellator and RFA champion who’s gone 3-2 in the UFC so far.

Rounding off the extended six-fight main card are a further two bouts as veteran Mike Pyle takes on Sean Spencer, while Misha Cirkunov goes up against the debuting Alex Nicholson.

Main Card:

Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson
Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky
Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson


Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons
Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis
Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins
Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas
Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson
Artem Lobov vs. Alex White

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