UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans caught fans’ attention for his February performance against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, albeit for the wrong reasons after turning in an uncharacteristic performance against the underdog. However, UFC 161 opponent Dan Henderson isn’t judging Evans’ abilities based on the lackluster showing and has been preparing for the “Sugar” ‘Shad who beat opponents like Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz, Phil Davis, and Quinton Jackson.
“I’m expecting to fight the best Rashad Evans there ever was and that’s what I’m hoping for,” explained Henderson in an interview with Fuel TV shortly after weighing in for tonight’s tilt. “Everybody has a bad fight or flat performance. I’ve been there too.”
Though Henderson is expecting a standard showing from Evans, he’s not counting on a common result when it comes to the Ultimate Fighter 3 winner’s reputation for toughness.
“I think it’s gonna be a war and I plan on stopping him,” predicted Henderson.
Evans has only been finished a single time in 21 total fights.
The full interview with Henderson can be seen below: