UFC 161 featured an important light heavyweight bout between heavy hitters Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson. Coming into this fight, both fighters were desperate as both were coming off some pretty poor performances.
The fight started out with both fighters measuring each other, and Evans pressured Henderson. Henderson ended up catching Evans at the end of the round with a stiff jab which sent him to the canvas. Rounds two and three were Evans’ as he was able to land more shots and force Henderson back. The judges ultimately gave Evans the split-decision victory.
It wasn’t the best performance from both fighters because they seemed very timid. However, a win is a win, especially in the sport of MMA where anything can happen within seconds. Evans now has a win under his belt over a very game Henderson, and it will be interesting to see who the UFC matches him up against.
A potential fight with Glover Teixeira seems like the most logical fight at this point. Both are coming off wins, and if the winner can win in impressive fashion, they very well could be next in line for a title shot after Jon Jones defends his belt against Alexander Gustafsson.
For Henderson, it seems like he might finally be slowing down due to age. In his post-fight interview, Ariel Helwani asked if he was still going to fight, and Henderson responded with a quick yes. Who the UFC matches him up against next remains to be seen, but I would personally like to see him rematch Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, which would be a fantastic match up and could see Henderson avenge his loss.