UFC 161: Henderson vs. Evans could have easily been labeled UFC 161: Lackluster. The event, which took place Saturday night, was largely panned by fans due to the dull fights, lack of finishes and overall lack of engagement by most fighters.
Not only were fans and sports writers critical of the bout, but some fighters were not afraid to express their displeasure with the card, including Strikeforce import and UFC 162 main-card fighter Tim Kennedy.
I promise UFC 162 is going to be better!— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 16, 2013
The main event between Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans was close. In fact, the split decision had people on different sides of the fence as to whether Henderson or Evans would come home with the win.
UFC women's bantamweight Sarah Kaufman scored it in favor of the former two-division Pride champion.
I think it goes to hendo 29-28 but I'm not sure— Sarah Kaufman (@mmasarah) June 16, 2013
UFC middleweight Derek Brunson saw things a tad differently than Kaufman in scoring the fight.
In possibly the best performance of the night, Stipe Miocic upset Roy Nelson in amazing fashion. Using speed and technical ability, Miocic picked apart Nelson on the feet. Who congratulated Miocic for his performance? None other than WWE legend Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Stipe Miocic with a helluva performance against Big County. #UFC— Steve Austin (@steveaustinBSR) June 16, 2013
Lisa Ellis added a little bit of humor to the obviously winded Roy Nelson.
Nelson is gasping for air. What a tubby— Lisa Ellis (@LisaEllis115) June 16, 2013
In describing Ryan Jimmo and Igor Pokrajac's fight, as well as Tyron Woodley and Jake Shields's fight, Dana White was not one to fumble over words.
That fight SUCKED!!!!!— Dana White (@danawhite) June 16, 2013
Shawn Jordan's knockout of Pat Barry was one of two finishes on the entire night. In celebration, he did an impressive backflip for being a 250-pound man.
UFC Lightweight champ Benson Henderson was quick to congratulate undercard fighter Mitch Clarke, who took a decision win over the favored John Maguire on the undercard. Clarke trained with Henderson's team at the MMA Lab in preparation for the fight, and the win likely saved Clarke's UFC employment.