UFC 161 Play-by-Play: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson

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Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson

Round 1: They touch gloves and the main event is underway.  Both fighters being cautious early.  Evans steps in with a jab.  Henderson comes in with a right hand.  Evans responds with punches.  Evans rushes in and lands a left hand.  Evans delivers a quick combination.  Henderson moves in and misses with two right hands.  Evans circles on the outside.  As Henderson moves in, Evans ducked under trying to get the fight to the ground.  Henderson shakes it off.  Evans lands a right hand on the break.  Evans ducks under a right hand.  Evans lands a stiff jab.  Henderson answers with a stiff jab that knocks Evans down.  Evans fires back but he’s on wobbly legs.  They both miss with big right hands.  Evans appears to have recovered.  Henderson misses with a right hand in the final seconds.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson with the knockdown.

Round 2: Evan’s corner tells him to take Henderson down.  Henderson’s corner tells him that Evans has no chin.  Evans steps in with a jab to start the round.  Henderson moves in and Evans takes him down, but Henderson quickly gets back to his feet.  Evans presses him against the cage.  He lands a couple of short left hands.  Henderson delivers a knee to the body and another.  They separate.  Evans lands a solid right hand.  They’re exchanging.  Both land shots.  Evans lands a right hand and presses Henderson against the fence.  They separate.  Two minutes remain in the round.  Evans changes levels and tries to get the fight to the ground.  Henderson tosses him to the side.  Evans steps in with a combination and tries to get the fight to the ground.  Henderson shakes it off.  Henderson chases Evans but Evans circles away.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Evans.

Round 3: Evans takes the center of the cage and inches forward.  Henderson chases Evans and misses  with a left hand.  Evans lands a combination and a right hand that makes Henderson stagger.  Evans steps in with a jab.  They exchange jabs.  Evans drops down for a takedown but Henderson defends it.  They work for position along the cage.  Evans lands short left hands and Henderson responds with knees to the body. Evans delivers a hard right hand to the body followed by a combination.  They separate.  Two minutes remain in the round.  Evans closes the distance.  He presses Henderson against the fence.  Henderson delivers a short elbow followed by a knee to the body.  Evans answers with a right hand.  Henderson lands a hard elbow on the inside.  Henderson lands knees to the body.  They separate and exchange in the closing seconds.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Evans.

The judges score the fight for Evans by split decision.  The scorecards read 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28.

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