UFC 161 takes place Saturday night from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is the first UFC event from Winnipeg. The event is headlined by a battle between former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and former Pride, Strikeforce and RINGS champion Dan Henderson. It is an important bout for each man, as both are coming off losses. Henderson vs. Evans was not the original intended main event, but a series of injuries left the card decimated. Stay tuned for coverage throughout the evening.

In preliminary action, Yves Jabouin was gifted a wretched judges' decision over Dustin Pague and Mitch Clarke won an emotional decision over John Maguire.

Roland Delorme vs. Edwin Figueroa

This bantamweight contest features two of the division's best finishers. Of their 17 combined wins, only 1 has gone to a decision. Delorme has relied more heavily on submissions with Figueroa having more knockouts.

Round 1. Delorme charges forward looking for a takedown. Figueroa wings some big punches but Delorme is able to get him to the ground and take his back. Figueroa tries to scramble out but Delorme catches him in a triangle choke submission attempt. Figueroa is able to duck out the back but Delorme grabs his arm and looks for an armbar. Figueroa rolls out of danger and goes to work with some heavy punches from top position. Delorme then reverses and takes top position on Figueroa. He quickly moves into a more beneficial side control position. Figueroa attempts to stand up but Delorme once again takes his back. Delorme looks to lock up a rear naked choke submission but Figueroa defends well. Delorme uses his leg to trap one of Figueroa's arms, leaving Figueroa with only one arm to defend as Delorme works to secure the submission. Figueroa finally frees his arm and survives the round. Very exciting round. 10-9 Delorme.

Round 2. Delorme secures another takedown. Figueroa grabs a triangle choke from the bottom but looks for an armbar and loses the triangle. Delorme lands a few punches and passes into side control. He then takes Figueroa's back yet again. Figueroa explodes out of that and takes top position. Delorme looks for an armbar from the bottom but Figueroa gets out. Figueroa then begins landing heavy shots from the top. He winds up his punches and drops them from very high onto Delorme's face. Delorme stands up and then takes Figueroa down. Delorme looks to take Figueroa's back but only is able to secure one hook. This has been a tremendous fight. 10-9 Figueroa.

Round 3. Figueroa throws some power punches but Delorme takes him down as he throws an overhand right. Figueroa looks to scramble up but Delorme takes his back again and locks in the familiar body triangle to secure position. Figueroa stands up and gets out of that position. However, Delorme grabs Figueroa's waist and tries to take him back down. Figueroa wiggles out and lands a few hard punches. Delorme lands a nice knee and goes for another takedown. Delorme can't get it and looks very tired. Figueroa lands a quality hook and uppercut but gets taken back down. Figueroa looks for a guillotine choke but can't get it. Delorme passes into side control. Delorme briefly looks for a North/South choke but gives it up. Figueroa once more tries to get up and lands a series of punches in the process. Figueroa takes top position and drops some very hard punches as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Figueroa, 29-28 Figueroa.

Winner: Roland Delorme, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

Sean Pierson vs. Kenny Robertson

Pierson is a 37-year-old veteran of the sport best known for getting into a little controversy when his employer the Toronto police department didn't approve of his secondary career as a fighter. Robertson comes from a wrestling background and has developed a solid submission game as well.

Round 1. Robertson moves in throwing punches to set up a takedown, but slips and backs off. Pierson lands a nice right hook and Robertson ducks under and looks for the takedown. Robertson pushes through and gets it. Pierson looks to stand up but in the process, Robertson takes his back and sinks in the hooks. That's exactly what we repeatedly saw with Delorme in the previous fight. Pierson spins out and looks for a front choke on Robertson. They return to the feet. They exchange on the feet with neither man landing much and Robertson goes for another takedown. Pierson is able to stop it and controls Robertson's head consistently. Pierson backs off and stands up, with Robertson taking a heavy breath. Pierson lands a nice uppercut and hook, and a straight punch that wobbles Robertson. 10-9 Pierson.

Round 2. Robertson lands a few leg kicks and looks for a takedown. He doesn't come close and Pierson begins walking him down. Pierson is doing much better in the standup exchanges. Robertson does land a spinning backfist. Pierson connects with a head kick and Robertson shoots for a takedown. Pierson looks for a D'Arce choke but Robertson slips out and takes top position with two minutes left in the round. Robertson lands a few punches and elbows from the top. He keeps working for the remainder of the round but isn't able to connect big. Tough round to score. Pierson was significantly better in the standup, but Robertson did control nearly half the round on the ground. 10-9 Robertson.

Round 3. Robertson lands a nice straight right punch and wobbles Pierson with another moments later. Robertson swarms as Pierson looks to cover up. Robertson just isn't accurate enough to land the finishing shot but he does a lot of damage in the process. Robertson looks for a D'Arce choke but doesn't get it and then takes Pierson's back. Robertson mostly just lands punches from the back but isn't able to threaten with a choke. Robertson finally comes close to a choke late but can't get it and Pierson rolls into top position at the close. 10-8 Robertson, 29-27 Robertson.

Winner: Sean Pierson, majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28).

Sam Stout vs. James Krause

Stout is a long tenured UFC veteran with 15 fights inside the Octagon and 5 fight of the night awards. Krause is making his UFC debut following a 7 fight win streak outside the organization.

Round 1. Stout goes to work early with a series of inside leg kicks. He clinches with Krause and they grapple for control next to the cage. They separate and Krause looks to establish his jab. He has a big reach advantage. Krause drops Stout with a knee up the middle but Stout recovers quickly. Krause gets a takedown and lands some hard punches from the top. Stout is bleeding badly from the side of the head. Stout stands back up. They exchange on their feet as the round winds down. 10-9 Krause.

Round 2. Stout attacks aggressively with punches to start the round. Stout hurts Krause with a very hard punch to the body. Krause winces and covers up but Stout isn't able to capitalize. Stout lands a nice body kick. However, Krause gets the bad cut on Stout from the first round bleeding again with a hook. Krause takes Stout down halfway through the round. Stout gets back up less than a minute later. Stout lands kicks at different heights and mixes in punches. There's clearly a desperation on his part after the way the first round went. Krause goes for a takedown but Stout stuffs it and takes top position to close the round. 10-9 Stout.

Round 3. The fighters trade leg kicks to start the round. Krause connects with a good right punch up the middle. Krause knocks Stout's head back with a couple jabs. Krause lands a flying knee that makes a big sound but Stout is fine. The fight settles into the usual Stout rhythm, with relatively even standup exchanges. The difference is Krause's jab. Stout gets a takedown with 30 seconds left in the fight. Krause grabs a guillotine choke and gets the tap with around 15 seconds left. That was clutch, as the judges have not been kind to non-Canadians tonight.

Winner: James Krause, submission, round 3.