By JAKE CHASTAIN
| The legend has spoken.
Dan Henderson heads into UFC 161 as half of the newly named main-event as he takes on former UFC light heavyweight champion Rahsad Evans. Both men will walk into the fight on June 15th having dropped their last fight and a win for each fighter is essential in keeping themselves afloat in the UFF light heavyweight title race. However, Henderson does not only want to win, he wants to put Rashad to sleep.
We ran an interview with Rashad Evan yesterday stating that his game plan to beat Henerson revolved around him “getting 50 takedowns” against the former PRIDE and Strikeforce Champion. That is going to be a hefty task for Evans to accomplish but that has been known as the blueprint to beat Henderson. If Evans can somehow take Dan down the fight could very possibly swing in his favor. Henderson, on the other hand, has a game plan of his own and it doesn’t differ much with the plan he takes into every fight; knock the opponent cold.
In a recent interview with UFC.com Henderson gave his thoughts on his upcoming bout with Evan and how he plans on winning the fight:
“I’m going to use the best tools that I have to try to win this fight and knocking him out is one of those things, one of my best tools. I’m definitely going to at least try to knock him silly, put him on his back that way, take him down, put him on his back there and try to wear him out. Rashad is dangerous, he’s a good wrestler. He’s able to just come at you and be real solid. He’s good on his feet, he’s solid everywhere. Rashad’s accomplished a lot in MMA and it’s going to be a battle. It’s one of the things I absolutely love about this sport and that’s why I do it, the challenge that different opponents bring. He’s a different challenge than anyone I’ve fought, so I’m really looking forward to that. That’s what gets me excited about this fight. Will I defeat Rashad Evans? Absolutely. I’m going to do everything in my power to make that happen. I’m definitely capable and I’m going to be training my ass off to make sure I can do it. As long as I’m in shape, there’s nobody that can beat me.”
Henderson’s recent flaw inside the UFC cage has been his gas tank. If Henderson comes into the fight in good shape, like he said, he’ll have five round of solid work to try and land that “H Bomb” that every other fighter fears so much.
Interesting enough Henderson also said he’s not opposed to putting Rashad on his back with takedowns. With Evans planning the same attack who do you think has the better chance of winning that battle? Will Rashad or Henderson get the takedowns or will Henderson be able to “knock him silly” before either man has a chance to score a takedown? We’ll find out on June 15th at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Henderson will enter the fight after losing a very close decision to Lyoto Machida while Evans will enter the fight with his back against the wall having dropped back-to-back losses for the first time in his career to Jon Jones and Lil Nog. Both men desperately need a win to stay relevant in the light heavyweight division. Expect fireworks, fight fans.
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