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UFC Fight Night 82 live blog: Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson

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Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson will battle in the UFC Fight Night 82 main event Saturday.
Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson will battle in the UFC Fight Night 82 main event Saturday.
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This is the UFC Fight Night 82 live blog for Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson, a  welterweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Hendricks, who has lost three of his past five fights, will face Thompson, who has won five straight fights, in the co-main event.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 82 live blog below.

Round 1: The referee for this main event is Big John McCarthy. He instructs the fighters. Big spot for Wonderboy; pressure for Hendricsks. They touch gloves. Karate stance for Thompson, angular. He throws a big high kick right off, and Hendricks steps aside. Now Hendricks bulls forward and lands on the fence, clinches there. And he's muscling Thompson to the ground; momentarily, anyway, as Thompson bounces up after his knee hits. They break. Another side kick from the kick-friendly Thompson. He's always got the left leg ready, and now he lands back to back right kicks. He's springing, moving about. Body kick from Thompson, and now a head kick. As Hendricks moves in, Thompson makes him pay over the top, lands two long rights. So far Thompson punishing the former champ. Right as Hendricks changes levels, Thompson launches into a kick and catches him clean. It's the full array of kicks here. Hendricks still moving in. Thompson treating him as a forward-moving target. Now Thompson has him on the fence, and he's unloading! Big shots! Hendricks is hurt. And now he's on his knees. That's it! McCarthy steps in! Wow.  Thompson landed a right counter, then a right, and the barrage was on. A body kick, a spinning kick and then a solid one two. Followed up with shots on the fence, and Hendricks was done. Referee stops it!

UFC Fight Night 82 official results: Stephen Thompson def. Johny Hendricks via KO (strikes) at 3:31 of R1