UFC 161 Fight Card: Career-Defining Moment of Every Main-Card Fighter
UFC 161 brings the world's largest MMA promotion back on pay-per-view, as the card is headlined by former champs Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans. The event comes live from Winnipeg, Canada and has been affected by a number of injuries.
Also on the card are stars like Roy Nelson, Pat Barry and Tyron Woodley, all of whom are big names in the MMA community. Despite said injuries, the card should still be solid.
Here are the career-defining moments of all the main card fighters.
Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan
Barry: Double Up on Hardonk
Early on in Pat Barry's UFC career, he was pitted against Antoni Hardonk, a student under Ernesto Hoost. For those who don't know, Hoost was Barry's coach until the two split after differences.
Barry, who admittedly was about to be evicted and was living on bare minimums, was in need of dough and wins. He achieved that, knocking out Hardonk and taking home a nice chunk of change in the form of a Knockout and Fight of the Night bonus check.
Jordan: Comeback Kid
Shawn Jordan's latest fight against Mike Russow did not look good in the first round. Jordan had been dominated and looked like he was in for a long night.
The second round changed that.
Unleashing a powerful barrage of punches, Jordan was able to turn the tide and finish Russow. He overcame adversity with extreme prejudice.
Rosi Sexton vs. Alexis Davis
Davis: Sweet Redemption
Earlier in Alexis Davis' career, the Canadian grappler took her third career loss at the hands of Shayna Baszler. It was a fight she was hoping to get back down the road.
Fast forward to January of this year, when Davis would get her shot at redemption on the Invicta 4 card. In a Fight of the Night performance, Davis got her revenge in the form of a rear-naked choke, effectively earning that win back.
Sexton: Taking Home an Arm
In 2006, many considered Carina Damm to be one of the best fighters in women's MMA. Any fighter who could beat her was to be considered a top fighter.
Rosi Sexton, a largely unknown British fighter, took on the tough task of facing Damm. Although Damm was given the vast edge in the grappling department, Sexton shocked spectators by submitting the Brazilian with an armbar.
This win began to form Sexton's current star.
Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac
Jimmo: Better Quick Than Never
Ryan Jimmo's UFC debut was met with great anticipation. Seven seconds into the bout, it was all over.
Anthony Perosh was laid out, unconscious, and the fans were on their feet. A spectacular debut, to say the least.
Pokrajac: Hello, Canada!
Igor Pokrajac was a heavy underdog going into his UFC 140 bout with Krzysztof Soszynski. Just over 30 seconds into the fight, Pokrajac unleashed hell with his fists on the Polish-Canadian fighter.
The Croatian spoiled the homecoming for Soszynski and got the much-needed win for Pokrajac. Devastating is the word that comes to mind when thinking of that knockout.
Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic
Nelson: Gatekeeper My as...Butt!
Roy Nelson and Cheick Kongo have long been what are known as gate keepers in their time with the UFC. At UFC 159, these two "gate keepers" met in the cage.
In what was expected to be a somewhat close fight, Nelson uncorked a massive overhand punch that had Kongo's jaw flying toward the 10th row. Just like that, Nelson put his name into contention.
Miocic: Knockout in Nebraska
Stipe Miocic came into the UFC with all knockouts on his resume. Then, in his UFC debut, he faced the judge's scorecards in a winning effort against Joey Beltran.
His second outing wasn't so mellow. Facing British grappler Phil de Fries, Miocic made quick work in blasting his chin and ending the night.
Nebraskan fans appreciated the violence.
Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
Henderson: The Pride of Gold
Late in Pride's existence, Dan Henderson pursued the middleweight strap of Pride in a rematch with Wanderlei Silva. Silva had defeated Henderson earlier in their respective careers, making this fight even more important for Hendo.
In classic Henderson fashion, he crippled Silva with a massive punch that left The Axe Murderer" unconscious. This important win narrowly edged his knockout of Michael Bisping, which was possibly the greatest knockout of all time.
Evans: An Ultimate Fighting Champion
Rashad Evans was getting on the map in the light heavyweight division when he got a title shot against Forrest Griffin in 2008. He had developed from a wrestler to a mixed martial artist in the blink of an eye.
Midway through the fight, Evans pounced on Griffin and rained down a barrage of nasty hammerfists. The ref stepped in and Evans was the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.