UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson has faced a number of the best MMA has to offer in past pairings including a handful of fighters who formerly held divisional gold. However, he’s never crossed paths with Rashad Evans who he’ll collide with in a few weeks at UFC 161. Though Evans may have come up short in his last scrap, Henderson knows the Ultimate Fighter winner is a fierce foe and is approaching him as such even though he’s confident in his own ability to end Evans’ evening with a few well-placed strikes.

“Rashad’s accomplished a lot and it’s gonna be a battle,” said Henderson in an interview with the UFC. “Those are the things I absolutely love about this sport. That’s why I do it, the challenge that different opponents bring.”

When it comes to beating Evans, “Hendo” had no problem offering insight into his attack.

“I’m gonna use the best tools that I have to win this fight and knocking him out is one of my best tools,” explained Henderson, saying he’d be happy to work on the ground too if one of his punches knocked Evans “silly”.

“Will I defeat Rashad Evans? Absolutely,” he concluded. “As long as I’m in shape there’s nobody that’s gonna beat me.”

Henderson is 29-9 and would have been in line for a title-shot had he not fallen via Split Decision to Lyoto Machida a few months back. Comparably, Evans is 17-3-1 but also lost on the scorecards in his last scrap.

The full interview with Henderson can be seen below: