Dan Henderson won a Unanimous Decision over Mauricio Rua at UFC 139. All three judges scored the fight 48-47 for Henderson. The fight will go down as one of the best fights of all time, regardless of combat sport. It was Henderson’s return to the UFC after a stint in Strikeforce and Rua’s eighth fight in the octagon.
This is one of those fights where no recap can truly do it justice. There are no words to describe the heart that both men displayed over 25 minutes. Henderson landed several heavy shots and had Rua hurt on multiple occasions. Rua had him in some very bad positions and had Henderson out on his feet in the fourth round after a combination of uppercuts and hooks.
The story will be that both of these men survived some terrible positions to fight from bell to bell. Fans and media have long called for five round non title fights and tonight’s fight is why. When two fighters lay it all on the line the fans are treated to what ended up being one of the best fights of all time.
Dan Henderson picks up the win and possibly a shot at a title. Dana White has hinted that Hendo could challenge Anderson SIlva for the middleweight belt. Rua walks away with the loss but likely won’t lose any momentum with fans and the UFC.
SBN coverage of UFC 139: Henderson vs. Rua
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