UFC 161 showcases an important light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson. Both fighters need a win as they are coming off some deflating losses. Rashad Evans feels that this is a must-win fight and even spoke to ESPN.com about the upcoming battle.
Rashad would say, “My back is against the wall, and this is when I perform at my best.”
Evans is absolutely correct in saying this. He is now on a two fight losing streak, getting beat by Jon Jones and most recently Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. In these losses, Rashad simply looked flat and never really established his offense. Before these fights, Rashad was a finisher and used his stern grappling attack. If Evans wants to defeat Dan Henderson at UFC 161, he will need to go back to his roots.
Rashad has been one of the best fighters in the UFC to couple his striking with his wrestling, yet he hasn’t done this of late. Coming into his fight with Dan Henderson, Evans will be the faster fighter. He needs to use this and his wrestling in order to pressure Henderson, who has shown some cardio issues in his most recent fights. If Rashad is able to do this, then he has a great shot at winning.
A win over Henderson would be huge for his career and would put him right back up the light heavyweight rankings. Also, a win might even coerce him to drop down to the middleweight division in hopes of building some momentum for a championship fight.