On June 15, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will present UFC 161. The original UFC 161 card was set to feature a title fight and several of the most popular fighters in the sport. Several weeks ago, the Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland interim UFC bantamweight title fight was scrapped from the card after Barao was forced out due to injury. Then came the news yesterday that the fight between Mauricio Rua vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was being scrapped due to an injury to Nogueira. This is just another huge blow to a UFC event due to injury. In its current state, does UFC 161 warrant your pay per view buy?
The main event of UFC 161 will be a battle between two former champions in Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson. Both men are coming into this fight with a loss and in the case of Evans, he has dropped two straight. Since dropping the UFC light heavyweight title to Lyoto Machida in 2009, Evans has gone 4-2 and with a victory against Henderson, still has a chance to be at the top of the division. For Henderson, time is working against him. He needs to get a win against Evans if he ever wants to get a shot at the world title.
The co-main event on the card is not an exciting one for the fans. Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic will face off in a fight that has no serious title implications for either man. Nelson is on a three fight winning streak, but all victories have been against middle-tier fighters. A win against Miocic will do nothing but make fans hopeful that “Big Country” gets a chance to fight a top tier guy, but a loss will signal the end of his hopes to ever compete for the UFC title. For Miocic, Nelson is the best fighter he will have competed against and not many are giving him a chance to succeed.
The rest of the main card features another heavyweight fight between Pat Barry and Shawn Jordan and a women’s bantamweight contest between Alexis Davis and Rosi Sexton. Neither of those fights make many MMA fans salivate at the mouths. With the loss of the Rua vs. Nogueira fight, the next most likely fight to move onto the main card will be a welterweight battle between former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields and Tyron Woodley. Again, that is another fight that won’t make many fans want to shell out their hard earned money for this event.
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