Barao injured; Evans-Hendo in

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A.J. Perez

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An injury to interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao has forced a change atop the UFC 161 card.

The event scheduled for Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 15 — which was to feature Barao vs. Eddie Wineland — will now have Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson as the main event, the UFC announced on Tuesday.

Barao tore ligaments in his foot during training, according to MMAJunkie.com.

Henderson is ranked as the No. 3 contender in the official UFC light heavyweight rankings. He most recently fought (and lost to) Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 in February. Evans, a former light heavyweight champ, is the No. 6 contender. Evans has lost his past two fights, decisions to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Jon Jones.

The event at MTS Centre sold out in less than a day, and it’s not immediately clear how much the change will hurt PPV buys. Henderson and Evans — though not champs nor arguably at the top of their game — are still major names.

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