Rashad Evans Defeats Dan Henderson In UFC 161
Former light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson went into their UFC 161 main event looking to remain in the mix for a future shot at champion Jon Jones.
After a hard-fought battle at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre, Evans stood unscathed. The former UFC light heavyweight champion rallied in the final two rounds to take a split-decision victory from Henderson, the former Pride and Strikeforce champion.
Two of the Judges for the three-round main event scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Evans and one went with Henderson.
“Only fools rush in with Dan Henderson,” said Evans (18-3-1), who ended a two-fight losing streak. “He’s the kind of guy whose movement, when he’s hurt, he can still hit you with a good shot.”
The 42-year-old Henderson, a native of Temecula, Calif., had his best round in the first, as he rocked Evans with a stiff jab and nearly finished him in the follow-up.
“I didn’t know who threw it, I thought the referee kicked me or something,” Evans said. “After the round, I was asking my corner ‘what hit me?'”
Evans cleared the cobwebs and regained his composure in a tight second round. He then turned on the jets in the third, using his speed and technique to frustrate Henderson.
Post-fight stats indicated the closeness of the fight, as Evans barely outlanded Henderson in significant strikes, 49-47.
“There’s nobody to blame but myself,” said Henderson (29-10), who has dropped split decisions in his last two fights. “That third round I slowed down, I should have got a little bit more active. … I thought I hurt him in the first and second rounds, I thought I had those rounds.”
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