Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will attempt to snap a two-fight losing skid when he faces Dan Henderson later this year. After a loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, “Suga” knows he will need a strong performance to rebound.
In Henderson, Evans will be facing a fellow wrestler with exceptional knockout power; and he knows it, as he talked recently on UFC Tonight about the UFC 161: Barao vs. Wineland fight.
“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,” Evans said. “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.”
With back-to-back defeats, some have stated a release cut be coming for Evans should he fall to Henderson. He’s not worried about that, but is talking about moving to middleweight if unable to defeat “Hendo.”
“If I lose my next fight, I would consider dropping down a weight class,” Evans said. “I’m not worried about losing my job. I put in a lot of good fights in the UFC and I’m confident that I’m not going to lose my next fight.”