Winnipeg has a major addition to its UFC 161 lineup, but the Canadian city still has a main event on the way.
On Tuesday MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported that the event, which is slated for June 15 at MTS Centre, would get a light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) and Dan Henderson (29-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC), though Henderson needed medical clearance.
UFC officials have since announced Henderson is cleared. Additionally, they announced the fight won’t serve as the main event and that as-yet-unannounced headliner is still on the way.
UFC 161, which marks the UFC’s debut in Winnipeg and Manitoba, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Evans, who had won four straight fights after losing his title to Lyoto Machida in 2009, looks to end a two-fight losing streak after dropping back-to-back decisions to current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
The 33-year-old had flirted with the idea of a potential move down to middleweight in recent months but instead will face Henderson, who dropped a close split decision to Lyoto Machida this past month at UFC 157. The loss, which snapped a four-fight win streak and came after a 15-month injury layoff, likely cost the 42-year-old a title shot.
The latest UFC 161 card now includes:
- Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rua
- Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
- Stipe Miocic vs. Soa Palelei
For the latest on UFC 161, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.
(Pictured: Dan Henderson)