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UFC 161 Aftermath: Winnipeg is For Lovers


Photo via Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports

By Elias Cepeda

UFC 161 had some good fights to watch and learn from but if you’re one of the folks who paid the $217.00 or so that UFC pay per views now go for, and if you were drunk (those who do the former are often the latter during bouts) you may have been a bit disappointed with the action. In the main event, Rashad Evans turned up the heat in the third round against Dan Henderson and earned a split decision win.

The fight was close, and fought in spurts, but Evans looked impressive in coming back from being knocked down in the first round and in tiring Hendo and working the former Olympic wrestler over in his own sweet spot – the clinch. Evans gets back on the winning track but looks a long way from being able to challenge champion Jon Jones as he says he wants to once more.

Henderson certainly did not embarrass himself – he never has – but for the second consecutive fight, the forty two year-old looked to be the weaker and slower fighter in losing a close decision. Maybe that has to do with his age, maybe it has to do with the fact that both fights occurred against top light heavyweights.

Put the hard-earned legend of Henderson aside for a moment and remember that the man is a middleweight that, for reasons of crazy ability and guts, fights light heavyweights and heavyweights. Henderson is no where near a title shot at this point, in any division. It will be interesting to see how much motivation he has to keep fighting without more gold in his reach.


Stipe Miocic (right) lands an uppercut on Roy Nelson | Photo via BloodyElbow

The Fight of The Night came on the under card. James Krause and Sam Stout duked it out for almost three full rounds before Krause caught “Hands of Stone” in a guillotine choke, forcing the submission. Each man was awarded an $50,000 for producing the Fight of The Night.

Krause, who had the card’s only submission, also earned an additional $50,000 for Submission of The Night. UFC 161′s only knockout of the night won, surprise, Knockout Of The Night.

Shawn Jordan used a nasty punch combo to put Pat Barry down early in the first round of their heavyweight clash. Way too many left hand hooks to a grounded Barry brought about the stoppage.

Jordan now has won two straight and is $50,000 richer.

Stipe Miocic just made his future a lot brighter with a dominating win over UFC ranked #5 heavyweight Roy Nelson. The undersized Nelson was never in the fight with Stipe.

Miocic hadn’t fought in nine months, since getting knocked out by Stefan Struve, and both men took this fight on relatively short notice. Miocic controlled the grappling, avoided Nelson’s over hand right and tagged and moved over and again for three rounds, leaving “Big Country” gasping for air and unable to hold his arms up.

Bantamweight women Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton put on a good scrap for three rounds. The Canadian Davis bested the British Sexton and won a unanimous decision.

The win is Davis’ third straight. Sexton’s loss snapped her own three fight win streak.

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drainplugofideas- June 17, 2013 at 9:25 am
Bad card. Best action was on the preliminary cards. Henderson vs. Evans wouldn't have been close if Hendo still had his gas tank. Still that match sounded like a snoozer on Friday and it lived up to that on Sat.
abenormal- June 16, 2013 at 9:01 pm
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Cestus84- June 16, 2013 at 8:29 pm
"the man is a middleweight that, for reasons of crazy ability and guts, fights light heavyweights and heavyweights"

I realize that middleweight is most likely the best division for Hendo, but the majority of the success he's experienced in his career has been at LHW. Everything from winning the UFC tourney in the old days to winning the PRIDE and SF LHW titles. He won the PRIDE MW GP title too, but most of his success came at a heavier weight. Just because he can make 185 doesn't mean he fights his best at that weight. That's like Anthony Johnson fighting at WW. He made the weight and had success but perhaps he was holding himself back cutting so much weight. Now I'm not comparing Johnson to Hendo but the point I'm trying to make is that we shouldn't see Hendo as a MW anymore. He fights at LHW and therefore he should be looked at as exactly that, a LHW.
WalksInTheDarkness- June 17, 2013 at 1:31 am
Cestus, not to be pedantic, but Hendo won the PRIDE welter weight (their version of 185lbs) grand prix. The only two people to win PRIDE middle weight grand prixs were Wanderlei and Shogun (in that order.) He's always stated that the main reason that he fights at light heavy rather than middle weight is because he doesn't like making the cut. When he made weight for the fight against Franklin, he did it whilst holding a cup of water at the same time.
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SethF- June 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm
Okay, I've been meaning to ask algiers this for a while...you from NOLA? Algiers + 504 = ....
Clemmie- June 16, 2013 at 11:19 am
Algeirs, we had a good old NOLA vs. BTR battle with the Barry/Jordan fight.

The card was pretty underwhelming. I thought that Stout/Krauss was pretty slow. Not sure how it got FOTN. My vote was for Delorme/Figuroa
algiersheadkick504- June 16, 2013 at 8:48 am
This was a Shitty event that should have been free...glad I didn't pay. Evans looked garbage. Nelson looked garbage. Jimmo won't beat anyone significant with that style. No fighter really looked too impressive, James Krause was pretty good. Lsu baby
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