UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson has put a lot of tough competitors away with the assistance of his patented “H-Bomb” including Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, and Fedor Emelianenko. However, UFC 161 opponent Rashad Evans isn’t intimidated by the prospect of eating one of Henderson’s punches.
Evans spoke about their June 15 fight to Fuel TV during the coverage for UFC on Fuel 10, saying he’d obviously try to avoid the strike but not to the point it would keep him from implementing his own attack.
“I can’t be afraid to get hit by it. If you’re afraid of it, you’ll probably get hit by it harder than you think,” said Evans. “I’ve fought a lot of guys with big right hands – Quinton Jackson, Chuck Liddell, so I know that I can get caught by a big right hand and keep fighting. I’m not going to make his big right hand a big deal.”
“With that being said, I’m not going to circle to the wrong side. I’m going to avoid it as much as possible,” he added.
Evans has only been knocked out once in a 21-fight career, seeing his title taken at the hands of Lyoto Machida in 2009. Comparably, the 29-9 Henderson has never suffered a strike-based stoppage.