The main event of UFC 161: "Evans vs. Henderson" tonight (Sat., June 15, 2013) at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, featured Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson squaring off in a battle to remain relevant in the light heavyweight division. Both have had prior chances at the gold in their respective weight class and a loss here would likely mean never challenging for said championship ever again.
So sad for "Dangerous Dan."
Indeed, the former two division champion in Pride had his moments in the opening round, knocking "Suga" down with a jab at one point, but he ultimately ran out of gas far faster than times past and couldn't keep pace with the younger, fresher Evans.
It led to his nearly being knocked down himself on more than one occasion.
It also led to his losing the final two rounds on the scorecards in the eyes of two of the judges and that was enough to give Evans the split decision victory. Yes, one of the judges still scored one of those rounds for Henderson, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.
Afterwards, Joe Rogan talked to"Hendo" and he said Evans never hurt him at all while he thought he hurt Rashad in both the first and second frames. His mistake, he said, was letting off the gas in the third and final round.
So there you have it.
Henderson is now in No Man's Land while Evans has a new lease on life, though this performance didn't exactly inspire the most confidence in his chances to one day regain gold in the 205-pound division.