The all-star panel this past Tuesday night at “UFC Tonight” offered up their predictions for this Saturday’s UFC 161 card from Winnipeg.
The event features a main event between light heavyweight contenders Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, along with Roy Nelson battling Stipe Miocic in the co-main.
Here’s what Sonnen, Florian and Faber all had to say in regards to those two fights.
Chael Sonnen on Evans-Henderson
“We’ve got two future Hall of Famers. Dan Henderson is a two-time Olympian, but he never wrestles in the Octagon. He’s a brawler. As scared as everybody is of him, the real deal on this guy is his iron chin,” Sonnen said. “I’m going with a draw.”
Kenny Florian on Evans-Henderson
“Dan Henderson is a fighter’s fighter. He’s always up for a war. Rashad really needs to forget about his last fight and focus on what he does best: take him down. Rashad has an excellent top game and we’ve seen Dan Henderson struggle when he’s on his back,” he said. “I think Rashad is going to take this one.”
Urijah Faber on Evans-Henderson
“The Blackzilians have been on a little bit of a downslide, but I think it’s going to reignite something in them. I’ve experienced it with Team Alpha Male. We’ve lost a couple title shots and that makes you realize you may need to take it more seriously. Hopefully we’ll see an amazing Rashad Evans and an amazing fight,” he said. “I’m going with Dan, he’s the man.”
Sonnen on Nelson-Miocic
“Stipe has a huge opportunity here: he can fast-track himself back in the top 10 of the heavyweight division. This is a short notice fight for both of these guys – it was supposed to be Shogun vs. Little Chicken. Nelson has the power and Stipe has the speed. It’s a lot closer of a fight than people think it is,” he said. “I think the timing is actually going to favor Stipe, but Roy Nelson gets the win.”
Florian on Nelson-Miocic
“Stipe Miocic is a guy who I’ve looked out for for a while. He has a ton of potential: he can wrestle, he can box, he’s very athletic, and he’s a big heavyweight. He has to fight smart against Roy Nelson. He has to mix it up very well and utilize that great wrestling,” he said. “I think Stipe’s got a ton of potential, but I think facing Roy Nelson is going to be tough. Roy Nelson is going to take this.”
Faber on Nelson-Miocic
“Roy Nelson has generations of hillbilly breeding in his blood. You’ve got to work hard to get that gut, but he’s got those calves and big hands. And he’s dangerous, so I’ve got to give him the edge,” he said. “Take away the center piece of Roy Nelson and he’s a very well-rounded, dangerous fighter – I’m going with him.”