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UFC 161 Odds – Evans vs Henderson Is the Main Event on the Card

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While the Ultimate Fighting Championship has previously hosted numerous events in Canada, the mixed martial arts organization is tuning the last details for its first event in Manitoba. UFC 161 Odds listed below.

UFC 161 Odds

Rashad Evans will try to snap a two-fight skid against Dan Henderson at UFC 161.

Originally, UFC 161 was expected to feature a Bantamweight Championship match between the interim champ, Renan Barao and Eddie Wineland. However, Barao was forced to withdraw due to a foot injury.

Instead, the main event features a light heavyweight bout between Mixed Martial Arts veterans Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson.  In addition, the organization was forced to make additional changes to the main card. Antônio Rogério Nogueira was set to face Maurício Rua in the co-main event, but only days before the event,  Nogueira pulled out of the bout due a back injury. Chael Sonnen was called to replace Nogueira, but a visa issue prevented Sonnen to get into Canadian territory, resulting in Rua being pulled from the event. But after some changes, now the co-main event will present a Heavyweight bout featuring Stipe Miocic (10-1) vs. Roy Nelson (26-7)

Main Bout:
Ranked as the #10 light heavyweight in the world by Sherdog, Rashad Evans (17-3-1, 12-3-1 UFC) made his official debut on April 6, 2006 with a victory against Sam Hoger. The debut victory was followed by an impressive winning streak against The Ultimate Fighter 1 finalist Stephan Bonnar, Jason Lambert (UFC 63) and Sean Salmon.

Evans then got the chance to fight former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz at UFC 73 and consolidate as one of the top fighters in his division, however, the fight resulted in a unanimous draw (28–28, 28–28, 28–28) after Ortiz was deducted one point in the second round for repeatedly grabbing the fence.  A few months later, Evans was called to headline UFC 78 against fellow undefeated fighter and The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Michael Bisping. After close rounds, Evans was declared the winner by split decision. After knocking out former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell at UFC 88, Evans was granted the chance to face champion Forrest Griffin for the UFC Light Heavyweight title, capping the year with a victory and winning the Fighter of the Year honors from Sherdog. Although, Evans’ first defense of the UFC Light-Heavyweight title against challenger Lyoto Machida ended in a knockout and marked the first loss of his career.

Evans bounced back from his loss with unanimous decision wins over Thiago Silva at UFC 108 and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114. After several months of inactivity due a strain of injuries, Evans returned to the octagon with a victory against Phil Davis on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox 2. In his second title shot, Evans faced UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 145, losing the fight via unanimous decision. In his last fight, Rashad faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira in the co-main event at UFC 156, winning the match via unanimous decision.

UFC veteran and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson (29-9, 6-3 UFC) holds a notable record of wins at world-class tournaments and events including the Brazil Open and 1999 RINGS King of Kings before joining Japan’s  Pride Fighting Championship, where he competed against many elite fighters, including Wanderlei Silva, Renzo Gracie, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, Murilo Rua, Murilo Bustamante, Yuki Kondo, Ryo Chonan and Akihiro Gono. Henderson returned to the UFC in 2007 to face light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 75, losing the fight via submission at 4:52 of the second round by rear naked choke.

Henderson recovered with a unanimous decision victory over Rousimar Palhares at UFC 88, and a split decision win over Rich Franklin at UFC 93. Henderson was then called to lead Team U.S. on season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter, with Michael Bisping coaching Team UK. The two coaches settled their differences at UFC 100, with Henderson becoming the first fighter to knock Bisping out.

After his contract expired with the UFC, Henderson signed a four-fight, 16-month deal with Strikeforce on December 5, 2009, losing in his debut to Jake Shields, and scoring three straight TKO wins over Renato Sobral, Rafael Cavalcante and MMA veteran Fedor Emelianenko. Shortly after, Henderson returned to the UFC to face Lyto Machida at UFC 157, losing the bout via split decision.

Main Card and UFC 161 Odds:
Light Heavyweight: Rashad Evans (-125) vs. Dan Henderson (-105)
Heavyweight: Roy Nelson (-250) vs. Stipe Miocic (+200)
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Jimmo (-255) vs. Igor Pokrajac                 (+205)
Women’s Bantamweight: Alexis Davis (-400) vs. Rosi Sexton (+300)
Heavyweight: Pat Barry (-125) vs. Shawn Jordan (-105)
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