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Dan Henderson: “Don’t count out Rashad Evans.”

With only a few weeks remaining before Jon Jones’ much-anticipated main event match-up with Rashad Evans at UFC 145, opinions on the likely result have been rolling in at an increased pace from fans, media, and fighters alike. One man with a significant interest in how things will unfold is Dan Henderson, a top contender seemingly set to face whoever emerges victorious in the April 21 bout.

While it seems most people are picking Jones to retain his belt, shrugging off notions of Evans’ ability to contend with the dynamic champion’s diverse skill-set and size, Henderson isn’t so sure such will be the case and envisions a scenario where Evans emerges with the title in tow.

“Rashad got a lot of criticism for his last performance but I thought he fought really well, really solid. Jon Jones is tough but Rashad could definitely come out winning,” said Henderson in an interview with ESPN. “He will definitely put Jones on his back if he fights like he did against Phil Davis. Rashad’s the better wrestler. It’s just that Jones is awkward. But Jones (won’t) be able to stop him taking him down for that long.”

“Don’t count out Rashad Evans. Everybody’s assuming it will be Jones, but Rashad is a good fighter too,” concluded Henderson on the topic.

Henderson’s next move involves waiting for Jones-Evans to face off, possibly even holding out for a few more months after being promised a shot at the middleweight strap as well if he so desires. The decorated veteran holds an overall record of 29-8 with wins in his last four fights including an instant classic against Mauricio Rua this past November.


  • MCM says:

    Well at least Hendo agrees with me…..sort of.

  • Angry Mike says:

    No need for us to count out Rashad. The ref will do it.

  • Dufresne says:

    At this level of MMA you can’t count out any fighter. Rashad has the power to KO just about anyone on the planet, but to do so he has to get inside that crazy reach. His other option is if he can take Jones down and either GnP or lay-n-pray for the win. The problem with those options is getting Jones down. No one has been able to do it so far, and if Rashad does manage it no one knows what he’ll have to deal with. Jones is very creative on the feet, and even though we’ve never seen him on his back I’ve got no reason to think he’ll be less creative on the canvas.

    Yes, Rashad has a chance. I just don’t like his chances.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i’ll be putting a few on Rashad to win

  • MCM says:

    Damn right hindsight. You guys are paying 4/1 over there (3.5/1 state side). Even if you don’t think he’s gonna win, those odds are too good to not make a least a small play.

  • Dufresne says:

    This isn’t related to the article, or even the event, but has anyone else heard that Overeem failed his prefight drug screening?

  • MCM says:

    Doh! Just posted the same thing in another story, Duf.

  • BiG BaD BuLL says:

    I look at it this way: If Hamill, Matyushanki, and Bader couldn’t take Jones down, what are the chances that Rashad can? Granted, Rashad is a more talented and diverse striker than any of the aforementioned, but wrestling is wrestling. I also feel that Rashad is the faster, more powerful striker, but he won’t be able to get past that reach. I just don’t see how he can win this…with that being said, we have him at +400 out here in Vegas, so I gotta throw a little something at it.

  • MCM says:

    Phil Davis is a much better wrestler than Rashad on paper too and look what happened to him.
    Rashad averages somewhere around 4 or 5 takedowns a fight and attempts at least twice that per fight. Bader and Vlady only average around 3 and Hamill only averaged around 2 and between the three they only had 3 takedown Attempts TOTAL on Jones. Jon Jones has only ever had one fighter actively try to take him down and that was Jake O’Brien with 4 attempts. Jones may have good takedown defense but it’s not like he’s ever really been tested. Rashad will test him more than any other fighter he’s faced.
    So maybe throw a little bit more his way. 😉


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