Johny Hendricks-Stephen Thompson, Roy Nelson-Jared Rosholt Set for UFC 196

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 12, 2015

Johny Hendricks will give welterweight another go when he squares off with Stephen Thompson at UFC 196 in Las Vegas.

The promotion revealed four bouts for the Feb. 6 event, including a heavyweight encounter between Roy Nelson and Jared Rosholt. Additionally, Josh Burkman will face K.J. Noons in a lightweight clash, and Mike Pyle will meet Sean Spencer at 170 pounds.

UFC 196 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Feb. 6 and is headlined by a heavyweight championship rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez. The main card airs on pay-per-view.

Hendricks, the former 170-pound champ, was forced to withdraw from a proposed matchup with Tyron Woodley at UFC 192 as a result of a bad weight cut. “Bigg Rigg” last competed at UFC 185, where he took a unanimous decision over Matt Brown in March.

Thompson, meanwhile, will take a five-fight winning streak into the bout. Most recently, “Wonderboy” scored a highlight-reel knockout of Jake Ellenberger at “The Ultimate Fighter 21” finale in July.

Nelson has lost his last three fights, including a five-round verdict against Josh Barnett at UFC Fight Night in Japan this past September. Rosholt has won three straight fights and six of his seven Octagon appearances overall.


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