While Rashad Evans is busy trying to score 50 takedowns on former Greco Roman Olympic wrestler Dan Henderson, the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champ will look to knockout "Suga" in the main event of UFC 161, which takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15, 2013
Or at least knock him "silly."
That's a pretty high goal "Hendo" has set for himself as Evans has only been knocked out once in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. That credit goes to former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 205-pound champion Lyoto Machida back at UFC 98.
But, if anyone can do it again, it's Henderson, who has demonstrated throughout his storied combat sports career he has the heavy hands to floor the best of them, boasting the highlight reels knockouts of Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva and Fedor Emelianenko, among others, to prove it.
Henderson (via UFC.com) lays out his prediction:
"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."
The former dual Pride FC champion (Middleweight, Welterweight) is coming off a lackluster split-decision loss to the aforementioned Machida at UFC 157 earlier this year. Prior to his bout against "The Dragon," Henderson was riding high with a four-fight win streak that included his legendary battle (and win) over Mauricio Rua at UFC 139.
Evans, meanwhile, has dropped two straight decisions to current Light Heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones at UFC 145 and most recently to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156. A third straight loss inside the Octagon for Evans, who ruled the 205-pound weight class just four years ago, could spell doom.
Especially if Henderson delivers on his bad fight-ending intentions on fight night.