UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans has been knocked out a single time in his 21-fight career and doesn’t plan on the second instance occurring on June 15 at UFC 161 despite opponent Dan Henderson’s notorious power. Though Evans isn’t afraid to stand with Henderson, trusting in his own ability to turn his lights out, it appears he’ll only be relying on stand-up to a certain extent.

Evans recently spoke about the scrap in an interview with the UFC where he laid out his gameplan in relative detail.

“I know what I need to do to get the results that I want to get...Take down, ground and pound, and roll up our sleeves, get dirty, and go to work. I’m gonna try like fifty takedowns this fight. Fifty. If I get him down on the ground I want to ground and pound him until he’s done.”

“Dan’s right hand is very dangerous. I mean he just knocks them out like HARD. Like he just knocks em the hell out and they sleep for a long time.”

“Let’s not confuse this whole situation, now. I’m not gonna stand in front of him and try to bang it out, hope to God I don’t get hit with that big right hand. I’m gonna be smart. He’s gonna wanna knock me out. Its not gonna happen. He’s not knocking me out.”

Check out the full conversation with Evans below:

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