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