UFC 161 Win Reinvigorates Rashad Evans

Suga’s split decision win over Dan Henderson puts him back into the frame as a light heavyweight contender.

UFC 161 Win Reinvigorates Rashad Evans

Rashad Evans on what he did best during the fight and what he needs to work on:

"The best thing was the fact that I put a lot of pressure on him, and the worst was that I could have followed up on a couple of opportunities when he have been hurt. I could have followed up with a few different types of combinations. Maybe I got a little lazy on on the cage too; I might have got a little too relaxed there."

Before UFC 161, Rashad Evans told Muscle & Fitness that he recovered the motivation he needed to fight. When his coach, Kenny Monday, lifted up Evans (18-3-1) in celebration after Bruce Buffer announced the MMA fighter's split decision win over Dan Henderson (29-10) at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, he could be heard saying, “Welcome back, my friend.”  

Whether Monday meant welcome back to winning ways (Evans was 0-2 in his last two outings before this one) or welcome back to the top table of light heavyweights, the relief was palpable in camp Evans that the 33-year-old had just achieved a very significant victory in his career.

Henderson came out strong in the opening round and staggered Evans early in the fight with a few jabs en route to winning the first stanza. However, Evans rallied in the second and especially the third to out-work, out-hustle and pressure Henderson enough to grind out out a split decision win.

Post fight, UFC president Dana White said that Evans was in the best shape he had ever seen him, but that he needed to find that killer instinct. Evans did not quite agree. “I went in there and gave it everything I had. Dan Henderson is not an easy fight. Dana White says what he says; I take it with a grain of salt. I can't really worry about the expectations of what he thought I should have done, as I am the one who is in there fighting. Everything looks different from the outside,” Evans told M& “I was really aggressive, and I was more aggressive through the fight. That killer instinct comes from moving forward and being the aggressor, and I thought that I did that.”