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Stephen Thompson was the biggest winner over the weekend, and now, “Wonderboy” can see just how much.

Thompson moved up to third in the latest UFC rankings for the welterweight division following his first round finish of Johny Hendricks. He is now seated right behind former title contender Rory MacDonald and the expected next title challenger to Robbie Lawler, Tyron Woodley.

Anderson Silva, despite not competing since last January, climbed three more spots to seventh in the middleweight rankings. Silva returns later this month against Michael Bisping.

Ben Rothwell is now ranked fourth at heavyweight, while Justin Scoggins debuted at No. 12 in the flyweight rankings.

Rafael dos Anjos, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, is now fourth in the pound-for-pound Top-15, one spot behind future challenger Conor McGregor.

ufc 196

The UFC has hit it out of the park with the latest promo video for UFC 196.

Featuring all four athletes set to compete in the main and co-main event, the video does a perfect job of getting you ready – even though we all still have to wait several more weeks for the card.

ufc on fox 19

The stage is set for UFC on FOX 19, as the April event will feature three former champions, a title eliminator and much more.

Set for April 16 from the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson square off in the main event. The bout will serve as a likely No. 1 contender match in the lightweight division.

Joining the FOX main card will be Rashad Evans vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson and Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres. All of these bouts were confirmed recently by the UFC.

Evans and Rua were once scheduled to meet for the light heavyweight title, but an injury to Evans allowed Jon Jones to fight and defeat Rua instead. Machida previously won a decision vs. Henderson.

Below is the current card:

MAIN CARD (FOX/8 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson

Light Heavyweight: Rashad Evans vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson

Strawweight: Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX)

Lightweight: Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Chiesa

Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias

ufc 197

Two titles will be on the line this April at UFC 197, including the long-awaited rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.

Officials confirmed plans for the April 23 event this weekend. It will take place from Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

In the pay-per-view headline bout, Cormier defends his light heavyweight title against former champion Jones. “DC” won the belt after “Bones” was stripped last year following a hit-and-run incident.

To start 2015, Jones (21-1) handed Cormier (17-1) his first pro loss, earning a decision and defending the belt. Cormier has since won the title vs. Anthony Johnson and defended it vs. Alexander Gustsafsson.

In the co-main event, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1) will try to secure his eighth title defense against Henry Cejudo (10-0). “Mighty Mouse” sports an Octagon record of 11-1-1, while Cejudo is a former U.S. Olympic gold medalist.

ufc fight night 82

Stephen Thompson – at least for one night – showed why karate just might be a more dangerous weapon in MMA than wrestling.

“Wonderboy” finished former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks, dealing “Bigg Rigg” his first stoppage loss, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 82 Saturday from Las Vegas.

Thompson continued his march towards challenging for the belt, connecting early in the first round to gain the win.

In the co-main event, Roy Nelson capped off a run of three consecutive main card decisions with a victory over Jared Rosholt. Ovince Saint Preux and Joseph Benavidez each did the same vs. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Zach Makovsky.

Misha Cirkunov did not give Alex Nicholson a present following his proposal on Friday, submitting the Octagon newcomer in the second round. Mike Pyle kicked off the main card with a third round TKO of Sean Spencer.

On the prelims, Josh Burkman defeated K.J. Noons, Derrick Lewis finished Damian Grabowski, Justin Scoggins scored a decision over Ray Borg and Diego Rivas landed a perfect flying knee that ended the night of Noad Lahat.

Mickey Gall earned his future meeting with former pro wrestling superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks by submitting Mike Jackson and Alex White began the night with a decision over Artem Lobov.

Pyle and Spencer earned “Fight of the Night,” with Thompson and Rivas picking up “Performance of the Night” bonuses. All four scored an additional $50,000.

The attendance inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena was announced at 7,422 with a live gate of $1.435 million. The event was expected to be UFC 196 featuring Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight title, but that bout was scrapped due to injuries.

Complete results can be found below:

Event Date: 2016/02/06
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Location: Las Vegas

Stephen Thompson def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (strikes) at 3:31 of Round 1

Roy Nelson def. Jared Rosholt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ovince Saint Preux def. Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Joseph Benavidez def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Misha Cirkunov def. Alex Nicholson via submission (neck crank) at 1:28 of Round 2

Mike Pyle def. Sean Spencer via TKO (strikes) at 4:25 of Round 3

Josh Burkman def. K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Derrick Lewis def. Damian Grabowski via TKO (strikes) at 2:17 of Round 1

Justin Scoggins def. Ray Borg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Diego Rivas def. Noad Lahat via KO (flying knee) at :23 of Round 2

Mickey Gall def. Mike Jackson via submission (rear-naked choke) at :45 of Round 1

Alex White def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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