Rashad Evans will test his skills against Dan Henderson at UFC 161: Barao vs. Wineland later this year in Canada. And, as far as “Suga” is concerned, the bout can’t come soon enough.
Following two straight losses, the former UFC light heavyweight champion knows a win against Henderson can get him right back into contention. Henderson is an ex-Strikeforce and PRIDE champion, but was also defeated in his most recent bout.
“I’m happy about this fight (against Henderson). Having a chance to fight somebody like Dan is a big deal,” said Evans, during a recent interview with ESPN. “It’s good to get in there with somebody like Dan and answer a lot of critics and to show everybody that I am still one of the best guys in the weight class.”
Evans was topped by Antonio Rogerio Nogueira earlier this year, and admitted that personal issues clouded his judgement.
“Having a failed marriage and not being able to see your kids on a daily basis, that’s what hurts me every single day,” he said. “I feel like I failed in my marriage and I failed my kids by not being in their lives on a daily basis.”
Evans added that he “couldn’t find my timing (vs. Nogueira). It was just one of those things; it was like I was in a mental fog.”