Johny Hendricks vs Stephen Thompson Set For Main Event Tilt

Published on January 27th, 2016 9:48 am ETS

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After all of the craziness that took place over the last couple of days, the UFC made the right decision and elected to move UFC 196 from PPV to Fox Sports 1.

The craziness started when Cain Velasquez was forced to pull out of his planned title fight against Fabricio Werdum due to an injury. The UFC moved quickly, giving Stipe Miocic the title shot instead. Unfortunately for the UFC, their plans exploded in their faces when champion Fabricio Werdum elected to also pull out of the fight due to an injury, which left the promotion with no viable main event. There were rumors of a possible Jon Jones vs Stipe Miocic fight, but that never came to fruition. Instead of snatching a fight off of another card, the UFC made the right decision and downgraded UFC 196 to Fox Sports 1, where the original co-headlining fight, Johny Hendricks vs Stephen Thompson, will now headline.

In the past, the UFC has either plundered other cards and cancelled cards altogether when a main event has fallen apart at the last moment (see Jon Jones vs Dan Henderson). This time, however, the UFC did the right thing for the fans and moved the fight card on to Fox Sports 1 instead.


Instead of getting a substandard PPV card, fans will now get an exceptional Fox Sports 1 card. Here is how the main card for UFC 196 looks at this moment:

Johny Hendricks vs Stephen Thompson
Roy Nelson vs Jared Rosholt
Ovince Saint Preux vs Rafael Cavalcante
Joseph Benavidez vs Zach Makovsky

Note: the Hendricks vs Thompson fight will now be five rounds

The topic is UFC 196.  The King discusses the latest decision by the organization to move the even tto Fox Sports 1

Unlike in the past, the UFC turned a bad situation and turned it into a positive, earning goodwill from their fans. This is a fairly solid card, and it's great that fans won't be cheated by cancelling the card and moving the fights to other events.

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