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UFC 161: Main Card Breakdown

The UFC is back on pay-per-view, as they return to Canada. UFC 161 marks the promotion’s debut in Winnipeg and is headlined with light heavyweight action in Dan Henderson taking on Rashad Evans. Before the main event, let’s not forget about the other main card fights.

The main card consists of five fights and airs on pay-per-view.

UFC 161 is tomorrow, June 15, from the MTS Centre. The Facebook portion starts at 7 p.m. ET and the FX end kicks off at 8 p.m. ET. Immediately following the preliminary part, the PPV begins at 10 p.m. ET.

Stay with FightLine for UFC 161 play-by-play and the news that follows.

Heavyweight: Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
The main card opens with some heavyweight action. The always emotional Pat Barry enters the Octagon for the first time this year. He’s been juggling wins and losses with the UFC since 2008. Shawn Jordan had several wins out of Bellator before hopping the UFC train. He’s 2-1 for the promotion.

Women’s Bantamweight: Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
The women are back and this time on pay-per-view. Alexis Davis comes in from Strikeforce and Invicta FC. She fought five times for the two, losing only to Sarah Kaufman. Rosi Sexton fought out of Cage Warriors when the UFC called. Her 13 wins are matched by losses to the highly ranked Gina Carano and Zoila Frausto Gurgel.

Light Heavyweight: Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
For the first time on the card, light heavyweights take the stage. Ryan Jimmo took all seven of his MFC fights to land a UFC shot. Then James Te-Huna knocked him out in seven seconds, tying the UFC record for the quickest finish in the promotion’s history. Igor Pokrajac has a pair of UFC losses, though the last one turned into a no contest when his opponent’s drug test came back.

Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
The co-main event features heavyweights looking to land in the title circle. Roy Nelson has turned heads, taking his belly on a three fight win streak since May of last year. Each fight hasn’t seen the second round. Stipe Miocic is 3-1 for the UFC with two honors. In his last fight in September, Stefan Struve finished Miocic in round number two.

Light Heavyweight: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
The main event features two veterans in Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson. Evans rides back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Last year, The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner was unable to regain the gold for a second time. Dan Henderson suffered a knee injury that removed him from the title picture in September. His return was a split-decision loss to Lyoto Machida in a bout many, including UFC boss Dana White, called boring.