UFC Fight Night 82 will be held on February 6, 2016, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The event was originally billed as UFC 196 and was scheduled to be headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship rematch between current champion Fabrício Werdum and former two-time champion Cain Velasquez. A series of events eventually led to a main event shuffle: on January 24, 13 days before the event, Velasquez pulled out of the bout due to a back injury and was replaced by Stipe Miocic. On the following day, Werdum announced that he was pulling out of the event due to injury as well as he wasn’t comfortable with the opponent change while dealing with injuries of his own.
With no viable main event options remaining, on January 26 UFC President Dana White announced the company was canceling the pay-per-view broadcast. Therefore, UFC 196 became a Fight Night card. The event will now air on Fox Sports 1 and will be headlined by a five-round welterweight bout between former UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks and five-time kickboxing world champion Stephen Thompson. The two were originally scheduled to meet in the co-main event.
Mickey Gall, whose first pro bout and subsequent call-out of former WWE Champion CM Punk were featured on UFC Fight Pass’ Looking for a Fightreality show, will face fellow newcomer Mike Jackson. With a win, Gall is expected to face Punk later this year.
Check out the full card below:
Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson
Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Rafael Cavalcante
Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky
Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson
Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons
Derrick Lewis vs. Damian Grabowski
Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins
Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson
Artem Lobov vs. Alex White