It only took Stephen Thompson just over three minutes to leave his mark on UFC Fight Night 82 and exit the night a legitimate contender in the welterweight division.

The 32-year-old Thompson, who holds a 5th degree black belt in Tetsushin Ryu, showed that karate is just as dangerous a weapon to have when you step foot inside the Octagon. He earned his seventh career knockout by taking out former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

Success has been something that’s always followed Thompson, as he was once ranked No. 1 in the Chuck Norris’ World Combat League for kickboxing. Upon entering the UFC, “Wonderboy” put himself on the highlight reel with a first round head-kick knockout of Dan Stittgen.

However, he suffered a decision loss to Matt Brown a few months later, forcing him to re-group and get back on the proverbial horse. Since, Thompson has done just that, reeling off six consecutive – the last of which topped his first round spinning hook-kick KO of Jake Ellenberger.

On a night that featured only a handful of ranked fighters in action, it was Thompson’s star that shined the brightest.

The second star of UFC Fight Night 83 was Diego Rivas, as the 24-year-old fighting out of Chile landed a flying knee on Noad Lahat that earned him his second straight win inside the Octagon and seventh overall. He also scored a “Performance of the Night” bonus and $50,000.

Rivas’ finish was even more remarkable because he was losing the fight after the first round. Instead of just sulking and trying to figure out a way to push it to a third, he went for the kill. The knee left Lahat out for several minutes and in need of medical help to exit the cage.

Misha Cirkunov did his part to make a statement, earning a submission of Alex Nicholson and leaving his opponent with a busted up jaw. The 28-year-old from Latvia is now 2-0 with the UFC and looking for bigger challenges ahead in the light heavyweight division.