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From being labeled "Decision Dan" in his early Pride FC days, Dan Henderson has evolved into and will likely be remembered as one of the most dangerous punchers the UFC has seen.
However, impressive technique and variety does not always come along with power striking. Henderson's knockout ability is almost exclusively stored in looping right hands, which he's really only been able to land against fading and slowish opponents since his notable finish of Michael Bisping in July 2009.
Henderson will have difficulty landing his wide power punches against a speedier Rashad Evans, who has only been knocked out as a result of the lighting quick straight punches of Lyoto Machida.
Evans is not the most accurate striker in the light heavyweight division, but he's more diverse than his opponent when standing and should be able to land frequently enough on Henderson, who has been hit by more than half of his opponents' attempted strikes.
Although Henderson and Evans are both solid wrestlers with punching power, neither has become particularly known for their ground-and-pound.
Inside the Octagon, Henderson has no knockout victories resulting from strikes on the ground. Evans has beaten Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis on the ground in his past five fights, but he only finished Ortiz, and the most damaging of that fight-ending sequence came via knee while "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" was attempting to stand.
The odds of this fight ending with strikes on the ground are not high, so it's tough to give a significant edge to either competitor in this matchup.
Power and Durability
While Evans' quickness and more diverse striking should give him the stand-up edge over three rounds, Henderson possesses the great equalizer with his right hand.
It may not land often, but Henderson really only needs to connect once with his overhand right to put Evans down. Evans has only been finished once inside the Octagon, but even the seemingly unstoppable can be stopped when Henderson touches their chin.
Even with all the punishment he's taken over the years, Henderson has never been knocked out and possesses one of the best chins in the light heavyweight division.
While Evans does have power, the only highly ranked opponents he's finished were Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, and those former champions showed their chins were no longer holding up by being knocked out again in their fights that followed.
Overall Striking Edge: Push