Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans official for UFC 161; main event still to come


dan-henderson-21.jpgWinnipeg 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)

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