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UFC 161 Winnipeg: Jake Ellenberger Talks Evans vs. Hendo

Kelsey Mowatt

Rashad Evans

Saturday’s UFC 161 headliner between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans is an interesting one, not only because both men are former champs and need to get back on the winning track, but because of each fighter’s abilities. In Evans, you have a fighter who’s showcased a punishing top game as well as highlight reel striking and with Henderson, you have another decorated wrestler, who has a granite chin and one of the game’s deadliest stopping weapons–yes, that would be his right hand.

But who will emerge victorious on Saturday night? Will the 42 year-old Henderson score a victory and move one step forward to what could be his final title shot? Or will Evans end his two fight losing skid and quiet his critics? Well, recently approached welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger for his thoughts on the bout, and the noted vet offered this:

“I would say Rashad might be a little more quick, a little more athletic, but Dan Henderson, he’s a guy, you could put him in any fight and you cannot ever, I could never bet against him,” said Ellenberger. “If I was going to bet, I could never bet against Dan Henderson. Just the mentality he has alone is a scary thing.”

Ellenberger also added Evans may look for a takedown in an effort to “get him tired or work some ground-and-pound”, and that he believes “whoever controls those transitions is going to win the fight.”

Since Ellenberger has been fighting pro since 2005, and doing quite well at it, taking stock of his analysis seems wise. To watch the entire video interview with Ellenberger head here.

UFC 161 will be hosted by the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the main card will be available via pay-per-view.

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