Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans is not interested in getting KTFO by Dan Henderson when they go to war in the main event of UFC 161, which takes place on June 15, 2013 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Why take that chance when you can break this record by scoring 50 takedowns instead?
That's the fairly lofty goal Evans has set for himself as he tries to rebound from his first-ever two-fight losing streak, which may propel him into a possible bout against the surging Glover Teixeira on his way back into 205-pound title contention.
"I had a chance to compete against some of the best mixed martial artists of all-time: Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Machida, Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz, Jon Jones, now Dan Henderson. I'm excited about the opportunity to fight Dan Henderson. He's definitely on the top of that list of some of the best and some of the hall-of-famers I've competed against. I know what I want to do to get the results that I want to get: Trust in myself and gettin' it done. Takedown, ground and pound, roll up our sleeves and get dirty and go to work. I'm gonna try to get 50 takedowns this fight. 50. If get him down on the ground, I want to ground and pound him until he's done. Dan's right hand is very dangerous. He knocks everybody out with it, hard. He just knocks them the hell out and they sleep for a long time. I don't think it'll be a mistake to trade with him, I've got some power too. Let's not confuse this whole situation. I'm not going to go in there and stand in front of him and try to bang it out and hope to God I don't get hit with that big right hand. I'm going to be smart. He's gonna want to knock me out. It's not gonna happen. He's not knocking me out. I'm not going anywhere. I may have stumbled a little bit, fell down, but I get myself back up, dust myself off. I'm a top competitor. I deserve a chance to fight for the belt."
"Hendo" has some work to do himself.
The former PRIDE and Strikeforce champ is coming off a dreadful split-decision loss to Lyoto Machida in the UFC 157 co-main event earlier this year in Anaheim, California. Henderson spent most of the 15-minute bout trying to hunt down the elusive "Dragon," but the Brazilian stuck-and-moved his way to victory, much to the chagrin of MMA fans clamoring for a big finish.
All will be forgiven if he can secure one against Evans.