Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans talked with the UFC on FUEL TV crew about his upcoming UFC 161 bout with the hard hitting Dan Henderson. The former champ spoke on the UFC on FUEL TV 10 post-fight show about the importance of keeping to a game plan without being too tentative.
Evans on his main focus while training for Henderson:
“The one thing I’ve been working on more than anything is becoming more confident and implementing what I’m good at. I seem to have a tendency to overthink what I’m doing when I’m out there competing. When you’re out there, the last thing you should be doing is thinking. You should just be reacting.”
The former champion also talked about Henderson’s main weapon, his powerful overhand right:
“I watch it over and over again. But I can’t be afraid to get hit by it. If you’re afraid of it, you’ll probably get hit by it harder than you think. I’ve fought a lot of guys with big right hands – Rampage, Chuck Liddell, so I know that I can get caught by a big right hand and keep fighting. I’m not going to make his big right hand a big deal. With that being said, I’m not going to circle to the wrong side. I’m going to avoid it as much as possible.”
UFC 161 takes place June 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. A light heavyweight pairing between Evans and Henderson will headline the card. Heavyweights Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic will fill the co-headline spot.