This Saturday’s UFC 161 card in Winnipeg may have lost its original headliners due to injuries, but with a light-heavyweight bout between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans scheduled, it made sense to move the tilt into the main event slot. The bout is crucially important for both veterans, as both Henderson and Evans are coming off disappointing decision losses to Lyoto Machida and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira respectively.
Since Hendo is now 42, a defeat to Evans could bring an end to the legendary fighter’s latest title run, which has been drastically altered due a knee injury that pulled him from a fight with champ Jon Jones last September. Evans is only 33, so he still has plenty of time, but a defeat would be his third straight, and the former champ received a ton of criticism for his performance against Nogueira.
One man who has faced Evans when he’s been on his game is of course Phil Davis, who lost by unanimous decision to the former TUF winner at UFC on FOX 2 last January. The defeat is the only one the rising light-heavyweight has incurred to date. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons Davis credited Evans for having solid “positioning”, and for being a great “tactician”, in a recent video interview with Fightline.com.
And in terms of who’s going to win the June 15th tilt, “Mr. Wonderful” offered this:
“He fights smart fights, and I think he’s going to try to get around Henderson’s overhand right and make it a real difficult fight for him. That’s just my take on it. It might go down a little different….Rashad didn’t look like himself in his last fight. Maybe he looks that way, I doubt it, but maybe he looks that way again and that will change things. That’s a whole different fight, but I’m going to have to go with Rashad on this one.”
If the agile, powerful and takedowns ready Evans shows up to face Hendo on June 15th, the legendary fighter could certainly have his hands full.
You can check out the entire interview and more of Davis’s analysis by heading here.
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