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UFC Quick Quote: Rashad Evans won't circle to Dan Henderson's power right hand

Rashad Evans isn't saying he's afraid of Dan Henderson's big right hand but he's definitely going to be circling away from it come UFC 161 on June 15 in Winnipeg.

Kevin C. Cox

"I watch (his big right punch) over and over again. But I can't be afraid to get hit by it. If you're afraid of it, you'll probably get hit by it harder than you think. I've fought a lot of guys with big right hands - Rampage, Chuck Liddell, so I know that I can get caught by a big right hand and keep fighting. I'm not going to make his big right hand a big deal. With that being said, I'm not going to circle to the wrong side. I'm going to avoid it as much as possible."

Although Rashad Evans has struggled mightily as of late in his floundering mixed martial arts (MMA) career, he remains one of the most intelligent fighters in the game today. That being said, it doesn't take a genius -- sorry, Michael Bisping -- to figure out it's not a good idea to circle to your left when you're fighting Dan Henderson. That's because you're circling directly into his power right hand, the one that hits so hard it's become known as the "H-Bomb" for its ability to completely obliterate its target when it connects clean. The aforementioned Bisping made the mistake of circling into it and suffered what very well could be the most vicious knockout in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Evans vows not to make the same mistake when he meets "Hendo" in the main event of UFC 161 on Sat., June 15, 2013, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Good thing, too, because he's lost two fights in a row and there's no telling what would happen if that number jumped to three. He's probably got the clout to survive a string like that but why bother testing it, right? He might not have a choice, though, not if Henderson and his big right hand has anything to say about it. You Maniacs think "Dangerous" Dan will be able to plant "Suga" Rashad next weekend? Or are we looking at a glorified wrestling match in the making?

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