UFC> light heavyweight Rashad Evans is on the first losing streak of his career after dropping consecutive decisions to champion Jon Jones and, in an upset, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Evans has a chance to avoid the dreaded three-fight slide on June 15 at UFC 161 but will have to overcome a major challenge to do so, fighting Dan Henderson in the card’s headliner.
Though a test as stiff as the seasoned Henderson might intimidate some, Evans is excited about proving his doubters wrong once again by beating a legend in the Octagon and already has a good idea on how to do so.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to fight against Dan Henderson. He’s definitely on the top of that list of some of the best, some of the Hall of Famers that I’ve competed against,” admitted Evans in an interview with the UFC.
When it comes to defeating Henderson it appears Evans’ gameplan won’t involve trading strikes but rather neutralizing his foe’s fierce fists with speed and takedown attempts.
“I know what I need to do to get the results that I want to get,” said Evans. “Take down, ground and pound, and roll up our sleeves, get dirty, and go to work. I’m gonna try like fifty takedowns this fight. Fifty. If I get him down on the ground I want to ground and pound him until he’s done.”
“I’m not gonna stand in front of him and try to bang it out, hope to God I don’t get hit with that big right hand. I’m gonna be smart,” he concluded. “He’s gonna wanna knock me out. Its not gonna happen. He’s not knocking me out.”
The full interview with Evans can be seen below: