UFC 161: Evans vs Henderson Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Dillon Collins

On June 15th the UFC makes its debut in Winnipeg, Manitoba, selling out in a quick fashion. While the card has lost some of its headlining bouts and flashy names, the end product is not to be missed as light heavyweight superstars Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson square off in the main event, while surging Roy “Big Country” Nelson takes on Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight slugfest.

In the main event two big time 205ers coming off disappointing losses look to right the ship and take a significant step forward to another shot at championship gold. In February at UFC 156, Rashad Evans lost a surprising decision to Antonio Rodrigio Nogueira, surprising as Evans entered the bout as a heavy favorite. Also in February at UFC 157 Dan Henderson lost a close number one contenders bout against Lyoto Machida in a tentative and underwhelming bout. Both men will be searching for redemption and perhaps one final shot at climbing the ever dangerous ladder at 205 pounds. Both men possess well documented knockout power and high level wrestling. It is likely this one gets decided on the feet, so expect a slugfest, with perhaps the man who lands his signature blow first emerging as the victor. Who will begin the climb back to championship gold, and which man will find his elite status in serious jeopardy? Find out this Saturday.

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In the nights co-main event Roy “Big Country” Nelson steps up to add some firepower to the card facing off against hard hitting Stipe Miocic. Nelson is on a three fight win steak, all three by first round knockouts, all under three minutes, defeating the likes of Cheick Kongo, Dave Herman and Matt Mitrione. Miocic opened his UFC career undefeated and quickly picked up wins over Joey Beltran, Phil De Fries and Shane Del Rosario, but in September he lost an entertaining bout to Stefan Struve. This fight is sure to produce fireworks, as both men have a pension for standing and striking. Which heavyweight will strike first? And who will take the next step towards contention?

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The rest of the evenings main card is made up of UFC newcomers and entertaining battlers. In a light heavyweight contest Canada’s own Ryan Jimmo returns to take on rugged Igor Pokrajac, with both men looking to rebound after recent losses. Jimmo looked good early, but ultimately lost a decision to James Te-Huna this past February. Pokrajac would be on a two fight win streak after a decision loss to Joey Beltran in December, put the decision was reversed following a failed drug test by Beltran. Both men need a signature win to stay relevant in an ultra-competitive division. Two talented women’s bantamweights make their octagon debuts as Canadian fan favorite Alexis Davis meets fellow black-belt Rosi Sexton. Both women look to add to their already impressive résumés and take a step up in the rankings towards that coveted strap of gold. Finally two heavyweight knockout artists meet as Pat Barry takes on Shawn Jordan. One big shot could prove to be fatal in this contest, so don’t blink.

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115lbs- #1 Claudia Gadelha (13-2-0) vs #2 K. Kowalkiewicz (10-1-0)

  • Claudia Gadelha -321 (72%, 26 Votes)
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz +295 (28%, 10 Votes)

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The televised preliminary card is anchored by an intriguing welterweight showdown between perennial contenders Jake Shields and Tyron Woodley. Elsewhere fan favorite Sam Stout takes on newcomer James Krause, Sean Pierson meets Kenny Robertson and Roland Delorme takes on Edwin Figueroa in a bantamweight showdown. The night’s Facebook/YouTube prelims consist of two entertaining bouts: Mitch Clarke takes on John Maguire at lightweight and a bantamweight bout between Yves Jabouin and Dustin Pague.

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The UFC’s only pay-per-view in June promises to be one of hard hitting action, where contenders will emerge and fans are sure to be treated to a night of intense contests, one that cannot be missed.

Main Card
205lbs- Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson

265lbs- Stipe Miocic vs. Roy Nelson

135lbs- Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton

265lbs- Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan

205lbs- Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac

Preliminary Card
170lbs- Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley

155lbs James Krause vs. Sam Stout

170lbs- Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson

135lbs- Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

155lbs- Mitch Clarke vs. John Maguire

135lbs- Yves Jabouin vs. Dustin Pague

 

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