UFC president Dana White appeared on the FUEL TV post-fight show for UFC 161 Saturday night and offered up his thoughts on the event.
The show marked the UFC’s first trip into Winnipeg, and while the event was hit hard by injuries, it still featured a main event between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson, along with Roy Nelson and some interesting finishes.
Evans defeated Henderson in the main event, snapping his two-fight losing skid. White was impressed by the re-energized “Suga,” a former champion in the division.
“There’s no doubt. Beating a guy like Dan Henderson means something. Rashad needs to get that killer instinct back. He got his head back, physically came back, and he looked great (Saturday).”
White added that the fight could have “went either way.”
As for Henderson, who is now on a two-fight losing streak, the UFC boss said he believes “Hendo’s” future at 205 is uncertain right now. He previously fought at middleweight in his career.
“I don’t know. Like I said, this fight could have gone either way tonight. You never know. Dan Henderson lands that right hand on anybody, anybody can go out.”
In the biggest upset of the evening, Stipe Miocic stunned Roy Nelson. White and Nelson have never seen eye-to-eye, and this was the final fight on his UFC contract.
“I was surprised by how tired Roy was, but no, Stipe’s a good fighter. He’s nine and one. The kid’s a talented heavyweight.”