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Dana White: Rashad Evans vs Dan Henderson loser at UFC 161 'statistically' will never get close to another title shot

Company President Dana White piled on the pressure for UFC 161 headliners Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, saying the loser will probably never challenge for a world title again inside the Octagon. Statistically speaking, of course.


Usually, most mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters have extra motivation heading into a fight when a potential and/or future title shot is on the line.

And while this weekend's (June 15, 2013) UFC 161 main event from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans is far from an outright 205-pound No. 1 contender eliminator match, the two scrappy Light Heavyweight veterans do have extra incentive to win.

Aside from avoiding their second (Henderson) or third (Evans) consecutive defeats inside the Octagon, "Hendo" and "Suga" will compete for the opportunity to at least "get close" to another possible title shot.

According to comments from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White during today's (June 13, 2013) UFC 161 media scrum, the loser Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans loser will "statistically" probably not come close to challenging again for a world title in his promotion.

As in never again.

Evans made the most of his first-ever UFC title fight, besting Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 back in 2008. After losing his strap to Lyoto Machida at UFC 98 the following year, "Suga" worked his way back up the ladder to earn his second title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 145.

He lost the championship fight to "Bones" and then proceeded to drop his following fight against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156.

Henderson, meanwhile, has had equal opportunities to compete for a UFC title ... in two different divisions ... in back-to-back bouts. "Hendo" was outpointed by Quinton Jackson at UFC 75 on all three judges scorecards in a close fight back in 2007, only to get choked out by Middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his next outing at UFC 82.

The former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion worked his way back "into the mix" came close again just last year, earning a chance to battle the aforementioned Jones for his 205-pound belt at UFC 151.

And we all know how that turned out.

After losing his top spot in the division to "The Dragon" at UFC 157, "Hendo" now finds himself fighting not only for an important "W," but for the possibility of ever vying for UFC gold. An accomplishment that has alluded him his entire MMA career.

How's that for motivation?

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