Originally posted on ProMMANews.com  |  Last updated 6/13/13

HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 17: Legendary MMA Superstar and two time Olympic Wrestler Dan Henderson attends the CBS' Strikeforce MMA Fighters Open Media Workout on March 17, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Can Rashad Evans find the fire he’s been looking for? Will Dan Henderson get back on track towards a title shot opportunity with Jon Jones? I answer these questions and more with my predictions for Saturday’s fights. What: UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson Where: The MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada When: Saturday, the two-fight Facebook card starts at 7 p.m. ET, the four-fight FX card starts at 8 p.m. and the five-fight main card starts on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson The odds have this one as close and I suppose any bout where Henderson can wield the Thor’s Hammer that is his right hand, he’s never out of a bout. But forced to choose here, I’m going with Evans. If he’s got his head on straight, he should be able to use just enough striking to set up level changes en route to top control where Henderson is not particularly great or mobile. Pick: Evans Roy Nelson vs. Stipe Miocic Miocic is an upset threat in the sense that he could feasibly use his wrestling skills to either stifle Nelson along the fence or simply score takedowns and ride out top position. I’m not saying that’s the most likely outcome, but it is something worth considering. Ultimately, I suspect Nelson’s going to end this bout the way most of his victories arrive, namely, with a heap of Miocic on the Octagon canvas after being bludgeoned with an overhand right. Pick: Nelson Ryan Jimmo vs. Igor Pokrajac We all have our preferences, but I find this bout to be underwhelming. At their best, both of them are willing pocket exchangers with an understanding of the need to be proactive with their offense. At worst or at least in their own consistency, they don’t effectively bring their talents to bear. I’m going to side with Jimmo. Of the two, he’s incontestably the more powerful striker, but I wonder if and when we’ll see MFC Jimmo rear his head. Pick: Jimmo Alexis Davis vs. Rosie Sexton Sexton is a talented veteran, but I’m of the belief she’s a bit undersized for the weight class. On top of that, Davis’ submission skills are first-rate. Provided she can take the bout to the floor (I’m confident she can), this is her fight to lose. Pick: Davis Pat Barry vs. Shawn Jordan I’m going to go with the upset here. If this fight stays standing, it’s a matter of time before Barry ends it. And while Jordan was none too impressive in the Cheick Kongo fight in terms of his takedown prowess, I suspect a) he’s ironed out some of those problems and b) whatever he has is good enough to get past Barry. Once there, he should be able to score damage and points from top position. Pick: Jordan From the preliminary card: Jake Shields > Tyron Woodley Sam Stout > James Krause Sean Pierson > Kenny Robertson Roland Delorme > Edwin Figueroa Mitch Clarke Dustin Pague
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