UFC FIGHT NIGHT 82 Preview

For "Bigg Rigg" this is a must win match on the road to regaining the title.
For “Bigg Rigg” this is a must win match on the road to regaining the title.

By Kyler Kuehler

UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson will air on February 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

#2 JOHNY “BIGG RIGG” HENDRICKS (17-3-0) vs. #8 STEPHEN “WONDERBOY” THOMPSON (11-1-0)
This is a three round fight in the welterweight division. In this fight are two warriors looking to prove their worth and earn a future title shot to become the king of the welterweights. Hendricks brings jiu-jitsu, striking and wrestling that has not only given him an impressive record, but also was a former UFC Welterweight Champion making him one of the toughest welterweights currently competing inside the octagon. Thompson brings kickboxing, jiu-jitsu and karate that has helped him rise to the top in a short amount of time and made him a very accurate knockout striker. This fight looks to be a mix of both feet and ground game which will show who is more skilled in both and show the world why they deserve to have a crack at the belt. With the fight being a mix of both styles the fight looks to favor Hendricks with his knockout power and intense wrestling that has always helped him take huge advantages over his opponents and cause some serious damage to the point that he knocks them out or beats them heavily in the judges’ score. However, Thompson has shown some impressive game in his short career and has proven that he has what it takes to stand with the top fighters with his knockout power and ground game. If Thompson were to use his speed and aggression then he could put some serious pressure on Hendricks and cause a big upset. Though Thompson will have to avoid Hendricks’ intense wrestling, which many of his opponents have fallen victim to and paid the price in the end. My prediction: Hendricks wins via knockout in Round 2.

#11 ROY “BIG COUNTRY” NELSON (21-12-0) vs. #12 JARED “THE BIG SHOW” ROSHOLT (14-2-0)
This is a three round fight in the heavyweight division. In this fight are two big boys that are not on the best of ends in the UFC at the moment and they look to turn their careers around with a impressive performance which will let everyone know that they want and deserve to compete inside the octagon. Nelson brings Shaolin Kung Fu, boxing, jiu-jitsu and wrestling that has made him a powerful knockout striker and given him a chin and gut that seem to be made of steel. Rosholt brings striking and wrestling that has helped him not only have a near perfect record, but also made him very effective in out lasting his opponents in fights. With both fighters having a little of both striking and ground game the fight looks to be who can finish the other, which would fall heavily in the favor of Nelson with his steel chin and gut making it almost impossible to knock him out and with his powerful striking. Nelson would surely rock Rosholt to the point of knocking him out. Though Nelson is not good with cardio and therefore, if Rosholt could keep a good distance from Nelson and use his reach, Rosholt could score major points against Nelson and bring the fight to the judges in the hopes of winning by decision. However, Rosholt will have to be weary of Nelson’s fury because when he starts to get hammered, a fire will begin to burn inside him and Nelson will come out of nowhere with intense power and aggression that many of his opponents never see coming. My prediction: Nelson wins via knockout in Round 1.

#6 OVINCE SAINT PREUX (18-7-0) vs. #13 RAFAEL “FEIJAO” CAVALCANTE (12-6-0, 1 NC)
This is a three round fight in the light heavyweight division. In this fight are two fighters looking to find their place in the UFC and looking to show everyone why they deserve to compete in the business. Preux brings jiu-jitsu, striking and wrestling that has lead him to a great career in just a short time along with making him skilled in knockout and submission victories. Cavalcante brings striking and jiu-jitsu that has made him very effective with his striking giving him 11 of his 12 wins by knockout. Both fighters contain great striking, but in the ground game Preux seems to show much greater skills making the fight lean more towards his advantage. In order for Preux to get Cavalcante to the ground he will have to be very defensive about Cavalcante’s striking power since Cavalcante contains great power in every strike he throws. However, Preux is very quick with setting up his game plan so unless Cavalcante can match his speed Preux looks to get back on the winning streak and make a run for the title sometime in the near future. My prediction: Preux wins via knockout in Round 1.