MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Hendricks vs. Thompson becomes new UFC 196 main event

Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson headline UFC 196, which now airs on FOX Sports 1 With injuries to headliners Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, the UFC announced Wednesday that the UFC 196 PPV has been moved to FS1. In addition, welterweights Johny Hendricks and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson have been elevated to the main event, which will be five rounds. Mike Russell of initally had the report which was later confirmed by Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports  With the heavyweight title main event off, UFC 196 will air on FOX Sports 1 and be headlined by a welterweight matchup between Johny Hendricks and Stephen Thompson, UFC president Dana White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday. UFC 196 takes place Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card MAIN CARD Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson (Five Rounds) Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky PRELIMINARY CARD Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson PRELIMINARY CARD Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson Artem Lobov vs. Alex White Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas   Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson, Shogun Rua vs. Rashad Evans added to UFC on FOX 19 in April’s Ariel Helwani reports that Michael Johnson has withdrawn with his upcoming rematch with Tony Ferguson at UFC 197 on March 5th. Instead he’s being replaced by Khabib Nurmagomedov on a later event. Nurmagomedov (22-0) fought since a unanimous decision victory over current UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 11 in April 2014. The win pushed the AKA product to a perfect 6-0 in the octagon. Ferguson (20-3) has won seven straight fights including a submission victory over Edson Barboza back at the TUF 22 Finale in December. Also on the event, Maurcio “Shogun” Rua and Rashad Evans are set to clash according to a report from Combate. These two were initially supposed to meet at UFC 128 in 2011, however Evans suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Jon Jones who ended up taking the UFC light heavyweight tile from Rua. Rua (23-10) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFC 190, which snapped his two-fight losing streak. Evans (19-4-1) returned to action for the first time since 2013 and suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Ryan Bader at UFC 192. Also in the Combate report it’s speculated that the event will take place in Tampa, Florida. The UFC hasn’t held an event there since 2009.   UFC Fight Night 84 adds Chad Laprise vs. Alan Patrick UFC officials confirmed Tuesday that a  lightweight bout between Chad Laprise and Alan Patrick will take place in Australia at UFC Fight Night 84. Laprise (10-1) is coming off the first loss of his career in a TKO defeat to Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night 74 last August in Saskatchewan. Prior to that, the TUF Nations winner boasted an undefeated recording including wins over Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Yosdenis Cedeno and Bryan Barberena in the UFC. Patrick (12-1) is also coming off the first loss of his career when he suffered a head-kick knockout to Maribek Taisumov at UFC Fight Night 69 last June. Prior to that the Brazilian earned UFC victories over Garett Whiteley and John Makdessi. UFC Fight Night 84 takes place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Here’s an updated look at the card. Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly Seo Hee Ham vs. Bec Rawlings Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo Chad Laprise vs. Alan Patrick   Vitor Miranda vs. Marcelo Guimaraes scheduled for UFC 197 reports Vitor Miranda that will return to the cage for the first time since August of 2015 and will face Marcelo Guimaraes in a middleweight affair. Miranda (11-4) is coming off back to back knockouts over Jake Collier and Clint Hester. Prior to that he was a finalist on TUF Brazil 3 competing as a heavyweight. Guimaraes (9-1-1) is coming off a decision victory over Andy Enz in his middleweight debut. The 32-year old moved up to middleweight after going 1-1 at welterweight defeating Dan Stittgen and losing to Hyun Gyu Lim. UFC 197 is scheduled for March 5 at the  MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here’s an updated look at the card Rafael dos Anjos (c) vs. Conor McGregor – for the lightweight title Holly Holm (c) vs. Miesha Tate – for the womens bantamweight title Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson Tom Lawlor vs. Corey Anderson Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Diego Sanchez vs. Jim Miller Vitor Miranda vs. Marcelo Guimaraes   UFC signs heavyweight Adam Milstead to a four-fight deal Adam Milstead is the newest member of the UFC roster. The heavyweight prospect announced the news last night on his Facebook account. 1     Milstead (7-1) was featured on MMAOddsBreaker last year on our “Prospect Spotlight”, the Pittsburgh native has won seven straight fights by stoppage. He trains at recently retired Mark Cheirico’s MMA & Fitness but has also worked with current UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic and former UFC fighter Dan Spohn. No opponent or debut date has been mentioned, but the contract is for a four-fight deal.

Written by James Lynch

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