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Rashad Evans is Aware of Dan Henderson’s Big Right Hand, but Isn’t Afraid of It

Posted on by Jeff Cain

01-Evans-Davis-UFConFox-011Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans is very familiar with his UFC 161 opponent Dan Henderson.  He’s been a fan of him for years. 

“It is a little strange match-up because of the amount of respect I have for him and how long I’ve been following his career.  But he’s at the top of the game and throughout the years he’s proven he’s one of the best guys in the division still,” Evans said in a recent interview on Fuel TV.  “He has longevity, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  So I’m going to have to slow him down on Saturday.”

In recent fights, Evans has been hesitant in his offense, something that Henderson has pointed out leading up to the fight.  But Evans has focused on changing that and believes there will be no hesitation when he faces Henderson.

“One of the thing I’ve been working on more than anything the last few months since my last fight was just becoming more confident and implementing what I’m good at and just doing what I do.  I seem to have a tendency to overthink a lot of what I’m doing when I’m out there competing.  And when you’re out there competing, thinking is the last thing you really should be doing,” he explained.

“You should just be reacting.  That’s what training is for, so you can train your body to not even think but just react.  So I’m starting to trust myself a little bit more, starting to believe in myself a little bit more, my striking and tools that I’ve got.  And I think I’m coming with a full round game this time,” added Evans.

Henderson is known for his punching power, particularly in his right hand that has been dubbed the “H-bomb.”  Evans is aware of Henderson’s knockout prowess, but he isn’t afraid of it.

“I watch it and I’ve watched it over and over again.  But for the most part, I can’t be afraid to get hit because I think at one point in the fight that I am going to get hit by it.  And I think it’s one of those things where you’re constantly paranoid that you’re going to get hit by it, you’re probably going to get hit by it harder than you think you are,” he said.

“I’m just going to go and fight.  I’ve fought a lot of guys with big right hands.  I’ve fought Rampage (Quinton Jackson).  He has a big right hand.  I’ve fought Chuck Liddell.  He has a big right hand.  So I know I can go in there and get caught by a big right hand and keep on fighting, so I’m not going to make his big right hand a big deal,” said the 33-year-old.

Evans isn’t afraid to throw down with a big puncher, but this isn’t his first rodeo either.

“With that said, I’m not going to circle to the wrong side.  I’m going to avoid it as much as possible,” he said.  “For the most part, I feel that if I get hit with a big right hand that I will be able to keep fighting.”

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  • Joe

    Evans can win this fight but if he wants to prove he can take Hendo’s right hand and keep fighting he is going to add to Dan’s legend.

    • Ian Price

      If he wants a win, he’ll have to GSP him. Suck it up, ‘Shad!

    • MMAreality

      Hendo will never even land that right hand!!!

      • Joe

        “I think at one point in the fight that I am going to get hit by it.” Evans quote copied directly from the article.

  • Lucas Freire

    Well…He should. lol

  • MMAreality

    Evans wins this fight dominantly. I think that dan is highly overrated coming back into the UFC. He lost to Jake Shields.

    • Werdoomb

      Yeah but since that fight he Ko’d Fedor, Feijao and gave Shogun a beating.

      I agree. For some reason I just don’t see Dan winning. But mind you, I counted him out in all three of the previously mentioned bouts.

    • paulie

      He was obviously injured in that fight.

    • Baller31

      In the Shields fight he destroyed Shields the first round…I was surprised the fight wasn’t stopped. Henderson wasn’t himself that fight though…he was chubby and out of shape and had nothing left after the first round, allowing Shields to hump his leg for the rest of the fight. A healthy Henderson ko’s Shields everytime, and twice on Sunday.

      • Baller32

        Shouldn’t you be on a NBA discussion area?

  • Eric

    Hmmm, another $60 PPV to watch Evans man-hump again. Still hasn’t fixed his brain from getting smashed by Machida? Hope he gets a nice H-bomb right to the jaw.

  • Drock420

    Hendo is notoriously tough never been KOed, and Rashad never goes for submissions so if Hendo losses this fight it will be by decision, and if Hendo wins it will be by KO or TKO. Just my 2 cents…