UFC 161 Results: Rashad Evans takes home Split Decision over Dan Henderson

UFC 161 Results: Rashad Evans takes home Split Decision over Dan Henderson

There’s no doubt UFC light heavyweights Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson have had a significant impact on the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Evans is a former UFC champion and Ultimate Fighter winner, headlining a number of the organization’s events along the way, while Henderson has been impressing fans for the last 15 years including an exceptional run under the PRIDE banner. However, tonight each man will be fighting to remain relevant in the hunt for a crack at the title currently around Jon Jones’ waist.

Evans-Henderson served as the headliner at UFC 161 where both attempted to avoid another loss after falling in their previous pairings. Entering the bout, Evans held a 17-3-1 mark with past wins over Chuck Liddell, Quinton Jackson, and Phil Davis, while the 29-9 Henderson had thirteen TKOs to his name including those over Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, and Fedor Emelianenko. When the smoke cleared, Evans emerged with a decision nod thanks to bit more activity. Fortunately, “Hendo” acknowledged he planned on continuing his career rather than hanging it up, crediting Evans for a solid showing.

Also worth mentioning, Roy Nelson saw his three-fight winning streak snapped after an inspired performance from Stipe Miocic. Miocic landed a number of crisp strikes throughout the tilt, while Nelson never really got his footing and ended up on the wrong end of a Unanimous Decision as a result.

A full list of UFC 161 outcomes can be found below:

Yves Jabouin def. Dustin Pague via Split Decision
Mitch Clarke def. John Maguire via Unanimous Decision
Roland Delorme def. Edwin Figueroa via Unanimous Decision
Sean Pierson def. Kenny Robertson via Majority Decision
James Krause def. Sam Stout via Submission Round 3 (Guillotine Choke)
Jake Shields def. Tyron Woodley via Split Decision
Shawn Jordan def. Pat Barry via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Alexis Davis def. Rosi Sexton via Unanimous Decision
Ryan Jimmo def. Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision
Stipe Miocic def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision
Rashad Evans def. Dan Henderson via Split Decision

61 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Predictions:
    Sam Stout
    Jake Shields
    Alexis Davis
    Igor Pokrajac
    Pat Barry
    Stipe Miocic
    Rashad Evans

    The last two are iffy, I have a feeling since Big Country came in a lot heavier then he has been, he’s not taking it seriously. Also I wouldn’t mind seeing Hendo win, but I think Rashad is going to do everything in his power to out point Hendo and go to a UD.

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  • Niv says:

    Jabouin was just given a gift, I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Missed the first fight, judging by Niv’s response the judges have their head up their asses again.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Clarke should have that first round, but because Maguire was on his back a few times the judges might mistake that for being effective.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Haven’t seen the foot stomp in a long time! I may be the only fan of those on the planet.

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  • Dufresne says:

    So far the only offense Maguire has had is spinning behind Clarke while standing and sitting down. But once down he hasn’t managed to do anything with it. Hopefully the judges won’t get too excited by these “take downs” and give the decision to someone who basically got their ass beat except for the few times they managed to hug ineffectually.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Damn he’s stoked. Good for you Mitch, good for you.

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  • Niv says:

    Maybe I’m just not paying attention, but that’s two crap decision’s in my books.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I didn’t see the entire fight but I did see the illegal knee that Rogan said was confirmed to haves landed flush on Jabouin’s jaw….so from that standpoint I was glad he got the nod. Did they ever show a replay??

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  • Dufresne says:

    I thought it was a good decision on that last one. Clarke was more aggressive with his strikes, neutralized Maguire on the ground, and managed to reverse any dominant position Maguire managed to get without taking any damage.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    This is a ground clinic. If I thought the rest of the card would be this good, I might have ordered it.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Delorme looked fantastic on the ground. I just hope he didn’t gas himself there, he looks exhausted in the corner.

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  • Dufresne says:

    And Figueroa is pulling out the old fashioned smothering. I’m loving the old school vibe so far on this card.

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  • Dufresne says:

    If Figueroa had any sort of takedown defense, he would have won this fight.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Very nice! Good fight and I always love it when fighters go for the finish even in the final seconds.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Is Jake fighting for his job? I hope so.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Lets go Jake

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  • Dufresne says:

    Woodley’s takedown defense is looking pretty solid, but he needs to stop head hunting with that right hand. Throw combinations, cut angles, don’t just load up and swing. You’re not fighting a AAA fighter, Shields is a pro.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    When even the Canadians are booing, you know the fight is boring

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Yeah but Jake is winning. That’s what he needs right now.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    So what’s everbody’s favorite Jake Shields fight since he joined the UFC? (hint: there are 6 to choose from)

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  • Dufresne says:

    Not as explosive of a fight as I was hoping. I think Woodley may have gotten the nod here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m wrong.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Main card predictions,
    Sexton,
    Jimmo,
    Barry,
    Nelson,
    Evans

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  • Dufresne says:

    Looks like I was wrong. Again.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Hell yes on the UFC including the women on the intro highlights. Even if they did give both of them about the same amount of time that they gave to Pat Barry.

    P.S. Poor Cheick Kongo, he’s on two different fighter’s highlight reel on this card. Granted, he did come back to KO Barry, but it looked pretty bad that he seemed to constantly be getting KO’d.

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  • darth_irritable says:

    At least this time I couldn’t hear woodleys’ mom shrieking from the second row the whole time.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Barry
    Jimmo
    Miocic
    Hendo

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  • Dufresne says:

    Holy fucking what?????

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Damnnnn.

    I think I’ve picked every Barry fight incorrectly.

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  • Dufresne says:

    If this kid can keep improving, he’s a potential monster. As athletic as he is and being under 30, he still has plenty of time to improve and make waves.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I think I’ve picked every Barry fight incorrectly.

    Lol, same. He’s like a much more likable Brandon Vera.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Yeah Jordan is a freak athlete, no doubt. His fight against Kongo was so sh*tty it I haven’t been willing to get too excited about him, but all in all he’s on a nice trajectory in the HW division.

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  • Dufresne says:

    29-27? I didn’t see a 10-8 round in there.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Wow, the ref is really not giving them any clinch time at all.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I liked Igor’s “Blah blah blah.”

    Kinda like.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Jimmo should win this one. The first two rounds were pretty good, but that last round sucked.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Ryan, the decison, Jimmo!

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  • Dufresne says:

    Wow, Stipe is looking sharp tonight.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Stipe definitely won that first round. I don’t remember Nelson getting rocked like that by even JDS and Werdum.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Love Nelson’s cornermen, perfect advice and straight to the point.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I sure would love to see Nelson’s ground game at this point.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Hey Cheick, you notice how Stipe is circling away from the power hand of Nelson even when trapped against the cage? That’s how you avoid concussions.

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  • Dufresne says:

    If Nelson doesn’t pull a 3rd round miracle, he’s lost a ton of negotiating power for a new contract. It’s stupid since he’s gotten so many KOotN and is a fan favorite, but a single loss here could cost him thousands in every fight he negotiates for. Assuming the UFC doesn’t go full retard and not resign him.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Huge win for Stipe, but terrible performance by Nelson. I’m not sure if Stipe’s performance was just showing how good he is or if it was showing that Nelson didn’t train enough, either way it hurt Nelson’s negotiating stance and helped Stipe’s claims to being top 10.

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  • Dufresne says:

    P.S. I have no idea who this new ref is, but he hasn’t gotten in the way or screwed anything up today. We need more of that.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Pathetic. For all intents & purposes that was the end of Roy’s career.

    The idea of that guy realistically competing at 205 was always ridiculous.

    I’ll stop there…I like Roy. But dammit he’s been frustrating to not take his career more seriously–or at least lacking the discipline–but tonight was the culmination. It’s too bad.

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  • Dufresne says:

    The only reason I’m not completely giving up on Nelson’s career (although I admit he’ll never compete for a belt at this point) is because he took this fight on short notice. The problem is that it showed in a big way. I think Nelson has taken Cheick’s place as the gate keeper for the top end of the division. It sucks because I like Nelson, but I just don’t see him going any higher.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    I knew Roy would never compete at 205, and I was pretty sure he’d never fight for a belt, but I thought he had a great chance to sign a big deal with one more good performance.

    As an entertaining fighter & personality, in the always thin HW division, he was ohh so close…and tonight snatched it all away, largely due to him simply not showing up in the type of condition necessary to compete against a younger athletic fighter.

    Ok enough negativity…c’mon Hendo!

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  • Dufresne says:

    Close first round. Hendo threw some huge shots and looked like he had Rashad in trouble, but Rashad was by far the more consistent. I think Hendo has it at 10-9 at this point.

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  • Dufresne says:

    This is turning into a hell of a fight.

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  • Dufresne says:

    They can’t both be gassed at this point, can they?

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    WTF is Dan Henderson’s walk in music?
    It sounds like it might be Brooks and Dunn.
    Anyone?

    Thanks in advance

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    What ever happened to 5 rd main events?

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  • Dufresne says:

    Why the fuck is the main event only a 3 round fight? I thought all main events were 5 round fights? I know they had to change main events due to injuries, but I still don’t understand why this wasn’t a 5 round fight. Bullshit.

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  • Dufresne says:

    I agree with 2 of the 3 judges, but I still think this should have been a 5 round fight. I’m calling bullshit until I see the other two rounds.

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  • Dufresne says:

    And Dan managed a dig at Lyoto while praising Rashad. That’s called old school class. You compliment one competitor while subtly insulting a former one without mentioning names.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    For me, that was a pretty lame card. I think it was the Shields effect.

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  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    So 5 Rnd main events means nothing anymore.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    these guys already signed for a three round fight and would not have had time to prepare for a 5 rounder so that’s why it was three.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Money’s tight so didn’t get to watch it, but it looks like a whole bunch of decisions. Went 4 for 6 out of the predictions I did make.

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  • YetiLee says:

    So I went to see this live last night, first time ever seeing the UFC live. It cost me $900 and was the biggest waste of money ever. At least the crowd was great and that added a lot but it was a dull night of fights and I hope next time the UFC comes here they bring us a solid card.

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