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Rashad Evans and Dan Henderson headline the latest UFC Event coming up on the schedule, taking place this Saturday, June 15th. UFC 161 will get going from the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Canada is no stranger to hosting big UFC events, having hosted many in the past, however Manitoba has never been a part of the UFC sites thus far.
The original schedule for this main event was supposed to be for the Bantamweight UFC Championship between Renan Barão and Eddie Wineland. Titleholder Barão had to pull out from the fight because of a foot injury.
In it’s place, we get a great Light Heavyweight contest between Henderson and Evans.
Just how big is this matchup?
Well, UFC President Dana White said that the loser of this bout will likely never see another chance at getting a title fight.
Both Henderson and Evans have had their chances, and their time atop the UFC ladder with titles of their own. The two have certainly had ups and downs, but will need one last up if they are to get back in the title conversation, at least according to the President.
There is merit behind that though. Evans has lost his last two fights. First it was to Jon Jones at UFC 145, followed up by a defeat to Antonio Rogerio at UFC 156 back in February of this year.
Henderson is coming off of a loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 in late February, but did have a streak of four wins prior to that.
Oddsmakers see this main event being neck-and-neck. In fact, it’s one of the closer main event betting lines in recent memory of the UFC.
UFC 161 odds formed by Bovada Sportsbook have set Evans as the slight favorite in the matchup, going off at -140 on the moneyline. Bettors interested in Evans would risk $1.40 to win $1 here. A bet on Henderson is slightly on the other side of even money, paying out +110. This means every $1 wagered profits $1.10. So it’s not exactly a huge disparity here.
LatestBettingOdds.com has the fight odds across three of the most popular sportsbooks for this UFC 161 main event listed below, be sure to check them out for your best payout.
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