UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson came up a scorecard short of competing for the championship when he last fought, losing a Split Decision to Lyoto Machida despite doing his best to consistently attack the notoriously elusive Brazilian. Though it’s possible his headlining bout with Rashad Evans this weekend at UFC 161 could also go the distance, Henderson can at least rest assured he won’t lose as a result of Evans avoiding contact.
Whether boxing or closing distance for takedown attempts, Evans is almost always on the offensive and should engage Henderson instead of trying to simply pick up points. It’s a prospect Henderson’s is more than happy to consider after his last clash, giving the 42-year old hope he’ll have a chance to return fire rather exert energy chasing Evans down.
“If he does try to take me down, if he does try to strike with me, then that’s all I can ask for. That means he’s being offensive and he’s trying to come at me,” said Henderson in an extended preview for this weekend’s event.
Henderson is also happy to take the fight to Evans if need be as long as he feels it’s necessary to obtain his end goal of a knockout win.
“I could wrestle and take guys down more than I do, but if I did that I wouldn’t be utilizing my power,” explained Henderson. “Over the years I’ve gotten to a real happy medium where I’m taking guys down but I’m also trying to land more strikes, trying to finish fights more (but) it’s a little tougher to finish a fight with ground and pound than it is standing up and knocking guys out.”
Thirteen of Henderson’s wins have come via TKO including three in the four victories he’d strung together prior to facing Machida.
The full preview featuring Evans-Henderson and Roy Nelson-Stipe Miocic can be seen below: