UFC 161 Winnipeg: Five reasons you can’t miss this show

June 11, 2013


UFC 161 Winnipeg: Five reasons you can’t miss this show

Dwight Wakabayashi – The UFC is set to initiate another Canadian market into the fight madness this weekend with UFC 161 from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The show is headlined by one of the true remaining fighting legends as 41-year old Dan Henderson will take on former champion and superstar “Suga” Rashad Evans in a fight to remain among the contenders of the division. 

The rest of the main and preliminary card is packed with intriguing match ups, involving some of the very best Canadian talent that the UFC has to offer. There have been some injuries and last minute changes to the card that has already left some with bad taste in their mouths, but there are many reasons to be excited about this inaugural show in Winnipeg.

Here are five reasons why you can’t miss this show this weekend.

Hands of Stone

Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout is on the preliminary card of UFC 161, and when Sam fights, Canadians want to watch. He is the longest standing Canadian in the UFC and he holds the UFC lightweight record for most significant strikes landed. Stout is a bonus machine and he continues to fight for his place on the UFC roster. He welcomed Caros Fodor in to the UFC in February, and he gets a chance to welcome another debut fighter in James Krause. Stout needs a statement win to get him out of the welcome chair, and on to bigger names in the division.

Is Jake Shields Still Among the Elite?

As recently as a few years ago, Jake Shields was widely known as one of the most immovable forces in the welterweight and middleweight divisions. His combination of technique and power gave him the most formidable grappling game in the business and he rode that to a title shot against GSP in the biggest show in UFC history, UFC 129. After a close decision loss to GSP, Shields fell on tough times that included the loss of his father and a failed drug test loss to Ed Herman at UFC 150. Shields is back to take on rising star and carbon copy fighter, Tyron Woodley for one last chance to show he is still amongst the best welterweights in the world.

Big Country in the House

When a couple of big name fights fell off this card due to injury, Roy “Big Country” Nelson was brought in to spice up the card, and for good reason. Nelson is one of the most engaging and entertaining fighters that the UFC has on the roster, both inside and outside the cage. Nelson will fight gamer Stipe Miocic on only a 47-day turnaround after knocking out Cheick Kongo at UFC 159 on April 27th, in Vegas. Not only does Nelson add star power attraction outside the cage, he certainly adds to the chances of fireworks inside as all of his six wins in the UFC have come via technical knockout. A win could set Nelson up for a title shot either later this year or early next year.

Alexis Davis’ UFC Debut

Alexis Davis vs. Rosi Sexton will represent only the second time in UFC history that a female fight will be shown on a UFC main card pay per view. If that isn’t impressive enough, Davis will be the first Canadian female to ever fight in the UFC. The native of Port Colbourne, Ontario is the #2 ranked female fighter in Canada (behind only Sarah Kaufmann) and is ranked in the top ten on most if not all female MMA rankings around the world. The women’s division is starving for relevant talent and if Davis can get a win, she will vault herself up to big things heading in to 2013.

Henderson’s Last Stand

Seeing UFC and Pride Fighting legend Dan Henderson fight at this point in his career is well worth the price of any UFC ticket. The 42-year old is still knocking them down with the very best of the business and any chance to see him work live is a huge gift for a fight fan and should not be overlooked. Henderson was the number one contender to Jon Jones’ light heavyweight title until he lost a lackluster affair to Lyoto Machida in February.

This is Henderson’s last chance to remain among the contenders and secure one last possible title shot until he rides off into the sunset of his Hall of Fame career. Each fight that passes could be the last chance to see Henderson perform, and Western Canadian MMA fans  should take full advantage.



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