“UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson” took place Saturday inside MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.
A light heavyweight shootout between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans headlined tonight’s show. Heavyweights Roy Nelson and Stipe Miocic served as the co-main event.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Yves Jabouin Defeats Dustin Pague via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Jabouin comes out fast and wobbles him with a right. Jabouin follows him to the mat and continues his assault there. Pague eats a short elbow. Jabouin almost gets caught in a triangle choke/armbar. Pague almost catches him again with another armbar from off his back. Pague now slaps on a heel hook. Pague reverses and almost secures another armbar. Jabouin regains top position and is bringing the pain. Interesting round to score.
5thRound scores it: Pague, 10-9
2ndRound: They are exchanging strikes in the pocket. He trips Jabouin to the canvas. Pague is dropping bombs. He takes his back and locks in a body triangle. Pague is going for a rear-naked choke. He advances to full mount. Jabouin finally powers through and takes top position.
5thRound scores it: Pague, 10-9
3rdRound: Jabouin immediately secures a takedown. He’s fairly active with his attack on the canvas. Pague continues to unleash submission for the bottom. They get stood up due to inactivity. Jabouin attempts a wild spinning head kick and slips. Pague jumps on top of him. Depending how the judges scored the opening frame, this scrap is up for grabs with a minute remaining. Pague gets full mount. Jabouin powers to top position and almost gets caugt in another triangle choke.
5thRound scores it: Jabouin, 10-9, but likely lost the fight, 29-28
Mitch Clarke Defeats John Maguire via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Clarke attacking that lead leg early. Maguire takes an accidental finger to the eye and time is called. Game on. Maguire gets a hold of his back and they are clinching against the cage. Clarke nails him with an elbow.
5thRound scores it: Maguire, 10-9
2ndRound: Clarke continues to beat him to the punch. Maguire catches a kick and takes him down. Maguire isn’t too active with his attack and the crowd rains down boos. They get stood up. Clarke has him clinched against the fence and is unleashing violent foot stomps… Maguire takes him down and jumps on his back.
5thRound scores it: Clark, 10-9
3rdRound: Maguire goes for a lackadaisical shot and eats a knee to the dome for his troubles. Clarke has him clinched against the cage. Maguire takes his back and drops to the ground. No action on the ground, though. Clarke reverses and is unloading a flurry of punches.
5thRound scores it: Clarke, 10-9, and probably won, 29-28
Roland Delorme Defeats Edwin Figueroa via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Delorme rushes in and gets a double leg takedown. Figueroa gets back up, but Delorme takes his back. Figueroa tries to escape and nearly ends up in a triangle choke. Figueroa starts to land some big punches from the top until Delorme reverses the position and moves into side control. Delorme takes Figueroa’s back again and is working for a rear naked choke, he throws several punches to the pleasure of the crowd.
5thRound score it: Delorme, 10-9
2ndRound: The fighters immediately end up on the ground after Delorme drags Figueroa down. This time it’s Delorme that’s in danger as Figueroa locks in a triangle choke and nearly gets an armbar submission. Figeroa lands a nice elbow from Delorme’s guard followed by several punches. The round ends with Delorme on Figueroa’s back.
5thRound scores it: Figueroa, 10-9
3rdRound: Both fighters exchanges punches before the fight gets back to the ground. It’s clear that there isn’t much left in either gas tank. Figueroa is starting to display his striking with a nice uppercut that lands on Delorme’s head, but Delorme scores another takedown. Figueroa ends the round with a huge flurry of strikes.
5thRound scores it: Delorme, 10-9, and probably takes a narrow decision, 29-28
Sean Pierson Defeats Kenny Robertson via Majority Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
1stRound: Robertson rushes in with strikes and eats a right from Pierson that briefly drops him. Robertson does take Pierson’s back and eats an elbow for his troubles. Pierson lands a nice combination of punches as the round comes to an end.
5thRound scores it: Pierson, 10-9
2ndRound: Robertson lands a solid kick to Pierson’s body. Pierson scores with a head kick. Robertson slaps Pierson with a spinning backfist before eating another set of punches. Another body kick hits Pierson’s rib cage before he hits Robertson’s head with a head kick. Robertson takes Pierson down.
5thRound scores it: Robertson, 10-9
3rdRound: Robert clips Pierson with an overhand right and then rocks him with an elbow. Pierson is trying to survive by grabbing Robertson’s leg. Robertson takes Pierson’s back and throws some punches to try and soften him up. Pierson fights off a rear naked choke and ends up on top.
5thRound scores it: Robertson, 10-9, and the decision, 29-28
James Krause Defeats Sam Stout via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:47 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Stout clinches him against the cage. Krause tags him with a front kick to the face and follows up with a knee to the grill that drops Stout. Stout catches a kick and falls on top of him. Krause reverses and takes top position. Someone is bleeding, it’s tough to tell who. There’s a lot of blood on both fighters. Looks like it’s coming from near Stout’s right eye.
5thRound scores it: Krause, 10-9
2ndRound: Krause doing a great job of using his reach advantage, especially since he’s using kicks. Stout hurts him with a left hook to the stomach, but doesn’t go for the kill. Krause secures a brief takedown. Stout lands a kick to the body. Stout starting to find his groove. He gets a takedown and unloads some short elbows.
5thRound scores it: Stout, 10-9
3rdRound: Krause appears to land a flying knee. Stout is much more active than his opponent. Krause scores with two straight jabs. Krause slaps on a guillotine choke and Stout is forced to cry uncle. Hey, we FINALLY have a stoppage tonight.
Jake Shields Defeats Tyron Woodley via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: They are feeling each other out early. Woodley has a clear speed advantage. He takes Shields’ legs out with a thunderous leg kick. Shields tries to drag him to the mat to no avail. They are separated after no action in the clinch. Shields trying hard to bring this to the ground. Woodley keeps nailing him with body shots in the meantime. Close round to score.
5thRound scores it: Woodley, 10-9
2ndRound: Woodley trips him up with another thunderous leg kick. They exchange knees in the clinch. Shields is not able to take him down. Shields continues to clinch him against the cage, much to the crowd’s dismay. Not much action in this round, so it’s tough to score.
5thRound scores it: Shields, 10-9
3rdRound: More clinching, with Shields pressing him against the fence. They are separated due to inactivity. Certainly not the barnburner I was expecting. Woodley clobbers him with a spinning back fist. That was by far the most thrilling strike of the fight. Though, Shields is unfazed. I don’t know what the exact count is, but I think Shields is 0-infinity on takedown attempts.
5thRound scores it: Woodley, 10-9, and probably won, 29-28
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Shawn Jordan Defeats Pat Barry via TKO (Punches) at :59 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Barry lands a big leg kick. Jordan answers with a vicious uppercut and goes in for the kill. He’s giving Barry the business. It’s a wrap.
Alexis Davis Defeats Rosi Sexton via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-28)
1stRound: As expected with the ladies, they come out firing. Davis has her clinched against the fence. Sexton goes for a hip toss and gets Davis to the ground. Davis slaps on a triangle choke from her back. Sexton keeps punching away. Davis loses the submission. How do you score this? Sexton was caught in the triangle for most of the round, yet pounded away the entire time.
5thRound scores it: Sexton, 10-9
2ndRound: Sexton tags her with a one-two combination. She takes Davis down and lands in side control. Now half guard. Davis reverses. He lands a couple of sharp elbows. Davis working a more aggressive ground-and-pound now. Davis takes her back and is going for a rear-naked choke. Big shots by Davis. Can Sexton get saved by the bell? Yes, not enough heat on Davis’ punches.
5thRound scores it: Davis, 10-9
3rdRound: Sexton stuffs a takedown, but Davis takes her back after a scramble. Sexton takes top position and is active with her GnP. Davis regains dominant position. This is going to be a tight one to score.
5thRound scores it: Davis, 10-9, and likely won, 29-28
Ryan Jimmo Defeats Igor Pokrajac via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Pokrajac comes out firing, but ends up getting clinched against the cage. They are quickly separated. More clinching and once against rapidly split up. More clinching and another fast separation. Jimmo lands a short elbow. Referee Yves Lavigne is not having any of this clinching business in this fight. Pokrajac clobbers him with a vicious right hand. Difficult frame to score.
5thRound scores it: Pokrajac, 10-9
2ndRound: Jimmo drops him with a precise right hand. After a couple of bombs on the canvas, Pokrajac momentarily gets to his feet. Jimmo laying on some GnP. He should let his dazed opponent back up instead of recovering on the mat. Jimmo is active, but Pokrajac is doing a great job of avoiding damage. Pokrajac tags him with an upkick.
5thRound scores it: Jimmo, 10-9
3rdRound: Jimmo clinching him against the fence. Pokrajac takes him down, but quickly gets reversed. Jimmo is merely laying on him at this point. Crowd is none too pleased. Pokrajac attempts a guillotine from his back to no avail.
5thRound scores it: Jimmo, 10-9, and should win, 29-28
Stipe Miocic Defeats Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Nelson is headhunting early. He tags him with an overhand right, but Miocic returns fire with a one-two combo. He follows up with another right hand. Miocic is connecting at-will right now. Nelson is getting rocked with some big shots. He’s in some serious trouble. Nelson has looked winded since mid-round.
5thRound scores it: Miocic, 10-9
2ndRound: Miocic connects on a right and knee to the midsection. Nelson is looking wild with his punches. Miocic clocking him with numerous short elbows. Nelson lands a jab, but eats several punches for his troubles. Uppercut by Nelson. Two unanswered rights by Miocic.
5thRound scores it: Miocic, 10-9
3rdRound: Nelson continues to serve as Miocic’s punching bag. Nelson is chasing, but can’t close the distance. Nelson is far more gassed than his opponent. Great performance Miocic. Was this the last time Nelson fights inside the Octagon?
5thRound scores it: Miocic, 10-9, and easily runs the table, 30-27
Rashad Evans Defeats Dan Henderson via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
1stRound: Evans’ movement is standing out thus far, clearly wants to avoid the H-bomb. He has a clear speed advantage, too. More than three minutes have passed and neither fight has landed anything. Henderson drops him with a left and is going in for the kill. Evans appears to have recovered.
5thRound scores it: Henderson, 10-9
2ndRound: Evans shoots and gets a brief takedown. He’s draped on Henderson’s back now. Evans connects with a right, but Henderson returns fire with a left and knee to the grill. Evans was on the attack that round, and likely won for his aggression.
5thRound scores it: Evans, 10-9
3rdRound: Evans comes out like a house on fire. He tags Henderson with a flurry, wobbling him with a right hook. Evans has him clinched against the cage. Evans separates and nails him with a one-two combo. Evans continues to hold him in the clinch, though Henderson is the one doing the damage. This will come down to how the judges scored the middle stanza.
5thRound scores it: Evans, 10-9, and may have won, 29-28.