A fight between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson is currently in the works.
UFC President Dana White confirmed this with Kenny Florian on the set of “UFC Tonight.”
MMA fans had been expecting Evans to be matched up with Mauricio Rua, after Evans publicly called out Rua Saturday night. White, however, shot down those expectations during Tuesday’s show.
“Nope, that fight’s probably not going to happen,” said White. “If any fight happens, it will probably be Rashad Evans versus Dan Henderson.”
While this fight remains unofficial, White indicated negotiations have already started.
“I have a feeling he might already know that,” White said, responding to a question on whether Evans is aware of a fight with Henderson.
Henderson, at age 42, looked terrible in his last outing versus Lyoto Machida. During that fight, a frustrated Henderson rapidly faded when his overhand right and takedown attempts were constantly thwarted by the crafty Machida.
Evans possesses a much better wrestling base than Machida and should have little problem stuffing Henderson’s takedowns. Likewise, Evans’ head movement and unorthodox stance will weaken Henderson’s effectiveness with his signature power shots.
The younger, hungrier Evans will wear Henderson down and should easily cruise to a unanimous decision victory over the aging fighter.
Henderson is already in White’s doghouse after his uninspired performance against Machida. Even worse, Henderson was reported to be the highest paid fighter at UFC 157, making $250,000. With the UFC having an excess of 100 fighters on it’s roster, a second consecutive loss for Henderson would make him the obvious choice for the next star to be cut from the promotion.