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UFC 161 Results Recap: Rashad Evans Edges Dan Henderson


UFC 161 is in the books from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg and the card delivered a litany of decision wins. Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson met in a battle to retain relevancy at light heavyweight. Evans came out with spring in his step, but Hendo eventually rocked him with a stiff jab and looked to finish. Evans recovered well, and used his wrestling to pressure Hendo up against the cage in the second. A heated exchange soon followed, and Evans clipped Henderson. The last round saw Evans begin to land, and Henderson appeared gassed. Rashad Evans wins the fight by split decision.

Surging heavyweight Roy Nelson met prospect Stipe Miocic in the co-main event, and the bout started off with Miocic looking to avoid Nelson’s big right hand. He did so effectively, peppering Nelson with shots while circling to his left. Miocic rocked Nelson in the first, and continued to land cleanly throughout the second. Nelson was extremely gassed and unable to land his trademark power shot, and Miocic utilized a great gameplan to earn the biggest win of his career by far. He landed 137 significant strikes it what is sure to earn him a top ten rankings spot.

Ryan Jimmo and Igor Pokrajac met at light heavyweight, and the bout started off a boring one as we saw two early restarts by referee Yves Lavigne. The second round saw Jimmo drop Pokrajac and dominate the round from top position. More of the same followed in the third, with Pokrajac missing a guillotine in the guard. Jimmo took home the unanimous decision victory.

Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton squared off in the fourth-ever UFC women’s bantamweight bout. BJJ black belt Davis utilized her submission skills early, locking in a triangle choke that never quite materialized. She ate some hard shots from Sexton in the process, but rebounded strongly in the second with a dominant back mount. Although resilient, Sexton was saved by the bell. Davis took her opponent’s back again in third, locking up the unanimous decision win in the process.

Pat Barry fought Shawn Jordan in a battle of heavyweight strikers, and as advertised, it was not to last long. Jordan landed a vicious uppercut early on, and followed with a flurry that left Barry turtled against the cage. The bout was stopped just 59 seconds in.

UFC 161 Full Results:

Main Card:

Rashad Evans def. Dan Henderson via split decision.

Stipe Miocic def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision

Ryan Jimmo def. Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision

Alexis Davis def. Rosi Sexton via unanimous decision

Shawn Jordan def. Pat Barry via R1 TKO (strikes)

Preliminary Card:

Jake Shields def. Tyron Woodley via split decision

James Krause def. Sam Stout via R3 submission (guillotine choke)

Sean Pierson def. Kenny Robertson via majority decision

Roland Delorme def. Edwin Figueroa via unanimous decision

Mitch Clarke def. John Maguire via unanimous decision

Yves Jabouin def. Dustin Pague via split decision

  • Split decision, GTFO, neither guy did anything and it should have been a draw.

    • Neither guy has a chance against Jones is what this under achieving fight showed me.

      • this card was one of the most boring in ufc history i mean only one submission and knock out. Dana didn't had any problem in choosing the awards for the knockout of the night and the submission of the night.

    • UFC needs to start making permanent 5 round fights on the main event. This fight left you wanting more!

  • rashad looked sharp tonight. close fight but well deserved win.

  • I think Rashad landed some clean, hard shots tonight and definitely pushed the pace. His wrestling wasn't effective but he controlled the octagon without a doubt. He was in shape and deserved to win the important bout.

  • I thought Hendo won the first two rounds. He also had the knock down which should've weighted more on the scoring.

    • So did I. Subsequently, I thought he won the fight.

    • I'm confused, you thought Hendo lost the last 3 but still won the fight? I don't think you could possibly believe that the first round was a 10-8.

      • wow way to make yourself look bad, it was only a 3 round fight copernicus

      • lol its ok Krogan, sheet happens 8P

  • My overall impression of the card tonight was that the big names failed to deliver.

    • @Brian….We are constantly seeing rookie's burst onto the scene or non top ten guys stealing the show. Big names often fall flat.

      Out of ten, I would give tonights card a 6/10.

    • Ya seems like a lot of big names are more worried about not losing than going after a big win.

  • Poor Hendo, Seems a chance for a UFC belt is unlikely for him at this point in his career.

  • How the hell did Jake Shields win? He got every one of his takedown attempts stuffed and forget about landing, he didnt even throw a single power shot. So a light tap is worth just as much? What kind of message does that send?

  • Pat Barry, win or lose, is always in a fight I don't want to miss.

    • Unfortunately, we only enjoy seeing someone get KO'd so many times.

  • Descent fight but NO CIGAR.
    Rashad will never be the champ again or as long as JJ is the champ.
    Hendo is too old and has no more cardio. The H-Bomb only work with lower tier fighters who arent smart enough to stay away from it. He doesnt have the skill to beat JJ.

    I guess in every group, some ody has to settle for 2nd, 3rd, etc place…

  • rashad looks in great shape, just dont think he has enough for bones to worry about to be honest though. also think its time for big country to seriosly look at a step down, miocic really showed the difference in height and rang

  • why was this a 3 round and not a 5?

    • true Irish, they need to get that shizz straight.

  • The recent Brazil card made this one look like a complete Snoooooze-fest. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz