Happy Monday, fight fans. In today’s edition of the roundup, we’ll focus on putting UFC 161 to bed and looking at what’s next for its main eventers. Rashad Evans looks for his next opponent, Dan Henderson discusses a possible return to 185 pounds, Roy Nelson’s contract situation remains up in the air, and Stipe Miocic says he’s just getting started. Here’s your news:
• Following his close decision win over Henderson, Evans says he’d be open to a match with top ranked light-heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira. Teixeira needs a win over a big name fighter in order to solidify a chance at the UFC title, so the fight makes sense for him as well.
• Henderson says dropping back down to middleweight is definitely an option at this point in his career. Hendo is still a top light-heavyweight, but being on the wrong end of two split decisions in a row has probably undercut his aspirations for a title shot. I’d imagine Hendo could become very interested in making the drop if Chris Weidman manages to defeat Anderson Silva at UFC 162.
• Nelson gambled going into UFC 161, refusing to renegotiate his expiring contract in hopes that another win and free agency would offer increased leverage. Unfortunately, Nelson was handily defeated and has to come to the bargaining table following what could be the worst performance of his career.
• Miocic is feeling confident following his victory over Nelson and claims to be a top 10 heavyweight in the UFC. I’m not quite sold yet and I doubt whoever makes the rankings will be either. Miocic looked sharp against Nelson, but it’s worth noting that Roy was gassed literally within the first two minutes of the fight.