UFC 161 is a just a few days away, and although the card has taken some big hits injury wise, the headliner between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans is a compelling fight for various reasons. Not only have both men had a ton of success in their career’s to date, but the light-heavyweights are looking to rebound from decision losses in their previous outings.

For Hendo, however, another defeat would likely close the book on his chances of getting another title shot before he calls it quits. When you’re 42 years old, legend or not, you probably don’t have a couple more years to work back into the title shot mix. Of course, that’s all conjecture based on Henderson losing, and as Jake Ellenbeger rightly pointed out to Fightline.com recently, that’s not always wise.

While discussing Saturday’s main event tilt, the UFC welterweight contender noted that with Henderson,  “you could put him in any fight, and I could never bet against him.” Yes, betting against someone who’s been blessed by the MMA gods with a right hand like that is definitely a risking venture. 

Ellenberger then proceeded to offer this more developed breakdown of the fight:

“It’s a good fight. Rashad is pretty elusive; he’s hard to hit, he’s hard to control and he might be a little bit faster, so I think he’s going to try to take Dan down maybe, and maybe get him tired or work some ground-and-pound, but I think whoever controls those transitions is going to win the fight.”

Hard to argue with that really. You can see the entire video interview by heading here.

UFC 161 will be hosted by Winnipeg’s MTS Centre and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.

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