Johny Hendricks and Jared Rosholt are each known for their wrestling.
But at UFC Fight Night 82 on Saturday, neither of them looked like former Oklahoma State wrestlers. Hendricks and Rosholt each failed to get a single takedown.
Hendricks suffered a first round loss via TKO at 3:31 to Stephen Thompson in the main event, and Rosholt dropped a 27-30, 27-30, 28-29 unanimous decision to Roy Nelson at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The former UFC Welterweight Champion Hendricks (17-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) landed a left hand to close the distance, and shot for a takedown but the No. 8 Thompson (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) stuffed his attempt. Thompson, who improved his win streak to six -- the longest among active fighters in the welterweight division -- kept Hendricks off balance and at distance with several kicks. The kickboxing specialist connected with a body kick and a left to drop Hendricks, then jumped on him with several punches before the fight was called.
"I hesitated," said Hendricks in a post-fight interview in the octagon. "Hat's off, he's was the better man tonight."
Jared Rosholt (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), a three-time All-American at OSU, had his three-fight win streak snapped, while Nelson broke his three-fight skid.
Rosholt continued his reputation of not being an engaging fighter, and Nelson took advantage by pushing the pace with several strikes and an occasional kick. Nelson kept his offense at a distance to avoid Rosholt's wrestling, and with Rosholt's lack of aggression the bout was filled with "Big Country" almost chasing him before landing a punch.