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Rashad Evans Doesn’t Fear Getting Cut, Potential Drop to Middleweight

Former light- heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has lost back-to-back fights for the first time in his entire career. Realistically, when he meets Dan Henderson at UFC 161, Evans could be riding a three fight losing streak.

Evans told UFC Tonight that he isn’t exactly afraid of being cut if he is to lose, but a drop to middleweight could be an option.

“I watched a little bit of the (Nogueira) fight. It was a lackluster performance on my part. It was one of those life lessons. You watch a fight like that, and it’s like, ‘What was I thinking? Where was my head?’ It took me weeks to get my head around what I did. Dan Henderson is no secret. The power of Dan Henderson is in his huge right hand. He has great take down offensive, he has a wrestling background and he will get you on the ground and do ground-and-pound. For me, what I need to do is fight my fight. I need to have my transitions, from my punches to my takedowns, and they need to be sharp. No lazy half-shots. No pitty-pat punching. I need hard punching and hard takedowns. No, I’m not worried about losing my job. I put in a lot of good fights at the UFC and I’m confident that I’m not going to lose my next fight. If I lose my next fight, I would consider dropping down a weight class. If I drop down to 185 and things weren’t going right, then I would think about retiring.”

Evans is coming off two consecutive unanimous decision losses to current light-heavy weight champ and former teammate Jon Jones, and most recently Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Henderson is 4-1 in his last five fights and was riding an impressive four fight win streak before losing a split decision to Lyoto Machida at UFC 157.

UFC 161 will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on June 15. The card will be headlined by Interim Bantamweight Champ Renan Barao, as he clashes with Eddie Wineland.

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