Thompson kept Hendricks at bay with kicks and footwork right out of the gate, and defended an early takedown attempt from the former champ. Then, the decorated striker stunned Hendricks with a spinning kick to the head, and closed out the fight with follow up punches.
Here are the official results from UFC Fight Night 82. The card took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Stephen Thompson def. Johny Hendricks via TKO (strikes) R1, 3:31
Roy Nelson def. Jared Rosholt via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Ovince Saint Preux def. Rafael Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Joseph Benavidez def. Zach Makovsky via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Misha Cirkunov def. Alex Nicholson via rear-naked-choke R2, 1:28
Mike Pyle def. Sean Spencer via TKO (strikes) R3, 4:25
Josh Burkman def. K.J. Noons via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Derrick Lewis def. Damian Grabowski via TKO (punches) R1, 2:17
Justin Scoggins def. Ray Borg via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Diego Rivas def. Noad Lahat via KO (flying knee) R2, 0:23
Mickey Gall def. Mike Jackson via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 0:45
Alex White def. Artem Lobov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)