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Update: Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans Now Headlines UFC 161, MMA Fans Trapped in 2011 Rejoice

(Oh yeah, Rashad, we just went there.)

It has recently been announced that, following Renan Barao’s withdrawal from his scheduled interim title fight with Eddie Wineland — the battle between light heavyweight wrestlers Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson will now serve as the headliner for UFC 161. While this change would at first seem like a huge downgrade (hence the kneejerk reaction title) given both fighter’s underwhelming performances against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Lyoto Machida, respectively, it actually has all the makings for one hell of a fight. Perhaps even because of that fact.

The news was passed along by the UFC’s official twitter account earlier today. The fight is still scheduled¬†for three rounds.

Evans has dropped two of his past three fights and is in need of a big win if he is to ever delay any more discussion of a potential (and likely dreadful) drop to middleweight. Henderson also finds his back somewhat against a wall, as the 42-year old’s stock has been decreasing ever since he was forced to pull out from his UFC 151 title fight with Jon Jones. Again, these may sound like criticisms, but in all reality, they only heighten the chance that these two veterans put on a show for the ages come June 15th.

As for the Jake Shields/Tyron Woodley fight that will likely be bumped up to the main card in light of this…

-J. Jones

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Mr_Misanthropy- May 22, 2013 at 1:29 am
Nice Blu Blockers.
The12ozCurls- May 21, 2013 at 7:40 pm
Fuck it! Swap opponents.
Hendo VS Shields
Rashad VS Tyron
Now we're talking potential H-Bomb and Stanky-Leg entertainment!
Who's in? #RallyForNonShittyPPV
phantom151- May 21, 2013 at 7:18 pm
wasnt all that long ago the big sheilds hype train .... now the only way he makes the main card is late changes lol...check his fucking gloves 2 !
Get Off Me- May 21, 2013 at 4:52 pm
If people are even listening to a Shields fight while they are driving...... the UFC could be in deep Taco.
I wish I could sue Rashad for that fight against Lil Nog.
algiersheadkick504- May 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm
U don't think he can take Woodley down plus Woodley can actually ko someone with a punch
Fried Taco- May 21, 2013 at 3:12 pm
UFC is setting themselves up for a lawsuit by putting Shieldzzzz on a PPV main card.
teep- May 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm