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Rashad Evans’ next opponent likely Dan Henderson, not Mauricio Rua

Dan Henderson - UFC 157 WorkoutsOver the weekend, UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans expressed interest in a match-up with fellow former champ Mauricio Rua. As intriguing as the pairing may be, it looks like the meeting is unlikely to materialize anytime soon as the UFC matchmaking team has a different outing in mind for Evans.

UFC President Dana White addressed the matter this week on UFC Tonight where he explained Rua wasn’t being targeted for Evans, instead pointing to Dan Henderson as the leading candidate for the clash. Both Henderson and Evans are coming off disappointing decision losses, putting each in need a significant win if hoping to make a run towards the title in 2013.

Evans has dropped his last two tilts, falling to champion Jon Jones last April and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira earlier this month. He holds an overall record of 17-3-1 with past wins over the likes of Tito Ortiz, Phil Davis, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, and Quinton Jackson.

The 29-9 Henderson’s loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 snapped a four-fight winning streak including success against Rua and Fedor Emelianenko. Fifteen of his victories have involved some form of finish with thirteen TKOs to his credit.

No date/event were mentioned in relation to the potential rumble.


  • AlphaOmega says:

    I doubt it, but I wonder if one gets cut if they look horrible

  • Richard Stabone says:

    A loss for Suga would be his 3rd straight and the speculation about dropping to 185 would pretty much become necessity at that point… sorta like Rich Franklin territory.

    For Dan, he’ll be 43 years old (or very near it) by the time his next fight rolls around, so a loss for him might cause him to reconsider retirement.

    In any case, I like this matchup better than the stuff involving Shogun and Nog.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    I always thought the Evans should be at 185lbs but its was hard to argue with him winning at 205. A thrid loss should send him down were he will be faster and not have to worry about getting punched in the face by bigger men

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I like this fight more than Evans/Rua.

    If Rashad think he is gonna shuffle and do his juke and jive crap with Hendo he may just end up getting KTFO. Hendo comes to fight and doesn’t try to get fancy, just gets the job done more often than not.

  • Venom-MMA says:

    This is a dangerous fight for Rashad… not so much for Hendo, any ideas who Rua will be lined up to face?


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