With Barao injured, Evans vs. Henderson to now headline UFC 161

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Last week a report surfaced that UFC interim bantamweigth champion had been injured and would his title defense at UFC 161 was in jeopardy. UFC President Dana White later confirmed the report, but stated that Barao would be evaulated this Monday before any decision was made. Unfortuanetly it does seem as though Barao will have to bow out of the bout, which pushes a co-headline bout between Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson to the main event:

As MMAjunkie.com previously reported, UFC interim champ Renan Barao is injured and out of next month’s UFC 161 event. With little time to find a suitable replacement, the night’s co-feature between Rashad Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) and Dan Henderson (29-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been promoted to headlining status.

UFC officials today made the change. Evans vs. Henderson remains a three-round bout.

UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MTS Centre in the Canadian city of Winnipeg. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

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