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Report: Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson to headline UFC 196 on FOX Sports 1

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

In a rare move, the UFC is pulling an event off pay-per-view.

With the heavyweight title main event off, UFC 196 will air on FOX Sports 1 and be headlined by a welterweight matchup between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson, UFC president Dana White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday.

That bout was originally the co-main event of a card that was supposed to be headlined by Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight belt. UFC 196 will still take place Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Hendricks and Thompson will compete in a five-round fight.

On Sunday, UFC president Dana White announced on Twitter that Velasquez was out of the fight due to a back injury and Stipe Miocic would step up. A day later, Werdum pulled out of UFC 196, because he wasn't comfortable with the opponent change while dealing with injuries of his own.

Josh Barnett and Ben Rothwell both said they would step up and fight in the UFC 196 main event, but the two heavyweights are already scheduled for the UFC on FOX 18 co-main Saturday in Newark. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones also said he would fight Miocic if it were for the heavyweight belt.

UFC 196 will be the first UFC numbered event to air on cable television since UFC 138 on Nov. 5, 2011. That main event pitted Chris Leben against Mark Munoz.