Renan Barao Out of UFC 161, Henderson vs. Evans New Main Event

Interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao has officially pulled out of the main event of UFC 161 leaving light heavyweights Dan Henderson and Rashad Evans to step up and fill the void. The few months have been particularly tough on UFC main eventers as we saw Hendo drop out of the infamously cancelled UFC 151 in late 2012, Alexander Gustafsson suffer a late training injury in April, and now this. Henderson vs. Evans, though an intriguing matchup, unfortunately offers very little to merit a pay per view event. Henderson now has a case of the Rampage legs and Evans looked completely checked out during his last fight. The new main event also offers little in the means of title implications. At best a win for Henderson throws him into a growing mix of fighters clamoring for a title shot, and a win for Evans keeps him floating somewhere around the lower middle of the light heavyweight division rankings. Right now UFC 161 is shaping up to be yet another card that will have to be carried by above average performances from a fairly thin preliminary card. In the meantime, the bantamweight division is in a strange state of disarray as the champion, Dominick Cruz, remains unsure of when he will be cleared to return. Barao, the interim champ, is now also down due to a recent foot injury, though he will likely return soon. We'll keep you posted on this situation as it develops.


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