Rashad Evans put his career back on track with a split points victory in a competitive fight with Dan Henderson at UFC 161 in Winnipeg.
Evans was coming off a two fight skid having lost to light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, and in his last outing, Antonio 'Little Nog' Nogueira. UFC president had said this week that the loser would be unlikely to get a title shot.
Henderson took the first round, Evans narrowly edged the second, and then took the third clearly.
The three-round fight was competitive throughout. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 for Evans, while the third had it 29-28 for Henderson.
Evans said afterwards: “I had to step it up in the last round. I got dropped in the first round, and I thought I was winning the round til then, but I won the second for sure and I knew I needed to come on more in the third."
"I was a man on a mission in the last round. I was not going home losing tonight. I got a lot of respect for Hendo, and I’m happy to have got the win.”
Henderson admitted the loss was of his own making. “I thought I had it but I take responsibility. He didn’t hurt me at all but I should have been more active in the last round instead of slowing down."
"He’s a tough guy, hard to land clean on, and we had a knockdown each. I was coming off the cage, off balance, and he’s got great speed and timing. This decision is a little less hard to swallow than the last one. Rashad came to fight.”
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