Although the Octagon is hosting a freebie event on Saturday, it hasn’t stopped the planet’s premier mixed martial arts promotion from putting the hype train in motion for “UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson.”
It’s a pretty good decision considering the card has undergone a severe makeover with the co- and main event exiting stage left.
Interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao was supposed to headline the gig against Eddie Wineland and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was slotted for second-to-top billing with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Barao and Little Nog were forced out with injuries.
Heavyweights Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic now serve as the co-main attraction, while light heavyweights Dan Henderson (pictured) and Rashad Evans get the card’s top spot.
The show takes place June 15 inside MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.
Please click the media player below to watch the promo:
Here is UFC 161’s official roster:
(Facebook 6:35PM ET/3:35PM PT)
Dustin Pague vs. Yves Jabouin
John Maguire vs. Mitch Clarke
(FX 8PM ET/5PM PT)
Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa
Kenny Robertson vs. Sean Pierson
Sam Stout vs. James Krause
Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley
(Pay-Per-View 10PM ET/7PM PT)
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
Dan Henderson vs. Rashad Evans