POSTED: 1:25 p.m. HST, Jun 15, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 1:25 p.m. HST, Jun 15, 2013
WINNIPEG, Manitoba >> Rashad Evans says it will be a little strange looking across the cage Saturday night at Dan Henderson.
"I have a tremendous amount of respect for Dan and it's going to be fun because I've watched his style for a long time," Evans said. "I kind of modeled my style after his a little bit."
Evans, with an MMA record of 22-3-1 and a UFC record of 12-3-1, is still predicting a win when the light heavyweights meet in UFC 161.
The 33-year-old Evans is coming off losses to Jon Jones and Rogerio Noguiera, who was to be in one of the canceled fights Saturday that bumped Evans-Henderson into the main-event slot.
"Speed I think is going to be the biggest factor in this fight," Evans said.
Both are former champions who would like to get another title shot.
"Eventually, I beat enough people, I do it impressively enough, they're going to want to give me a title shot," Evans said.
The 42-year-old Henderson is looking to improve on his MMA record of 29-9. He has a UFC record of 6-3 that dates all the way to UFC 17 in 1998 and lost his last fight in a split decision to Lyoto Machida in February.
He knows what to expect from Evans.
"I think it's going to be a war." Henderson said. "He's quick and dangerous on his feet and a good wrestler. He mixes up things real well sometimes and I plan on staying in his face and hitting him hard and expecting that he'll try and take me down after that."
The other fights on the main card include a heavyweight matchup between Americans Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic, and a light heavyweight battle between Canadian Ryan Jimmo and Croatia's Igor Pokrajac. It will also feature the first women's fight in Canada between Canada's Alexis Davis and England's Rosi Sexton.
The card took its first hit several weeks ago when the main event featuring interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland fell apart after Barao injured his foot. It took another blow when the co-main event featuring former light-heavyweight champion Mauri Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was called after Nogueira pulled because of an injury.