MANILA, Philippines – Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans believes he knows what it needs to beat a future MMA hall-of-famer like Dan Henderson.
Evans, who lost two of his last three UFC fights, said all he needs to do is to force his will against the 42-year-old Henderson.
“I need to have my transitions from my punches to my takedowns, and they have to be sharp. No lazy half shots, none of that pitty-pat punching. I mean hard punches and hard takedowns,” Evans said in MMA Weekly.
Evans will take on the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion in UFC 161, which will also feature the interim bantamweight championship bout between titleholder Renan Barao and challenger Eddie Wineland.
Evans described Henderson as a superb wrestler with a “huge right hand.”
“With Dan Henderson, there’s no secret, the power of Dan Henderson. He has a huge right hand, and he doesn’t hide it. He goes right after you. He makes sure he lines it up and he lets you know that he’s going to hit you with that big right hand,” he said.
UFC 161 is scheduled to take place on June 15 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.