Shogun Rua wants revenge, says Dan Henderson fight was a drawPosted on November 21, 2011, 11:26 AM by Joey Santosus
"It certainly was a great fight. I do not know how the judges made the final round of counting, could or should have been 10-8 to me. But that takes nothing away from Dan Henderson. He is a legend and one of those fighters who have created a legacy. But I want revenge, I think it would be another great battle and the public wants to see" - Shogun Rua (Translation via CagedInsider.com)
Less than 48-hours ago, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Dan Henderson battled back and forth for the duration of their five-round non-title fight, leaving one another battered and bruised as the judges' final scores were read. In the end, it was Hendo who would emerge victorious via unanimous decision, with each of the three officials awarding him the bout by a score of 48-47. Though most can agree that what they witnessed in Saturday's headlining bout was one of the greatest fights in MMA history, the outcome of the encounter has since been up for debate.
While Henderson's devastating H-Bomb threatened to end the bout on multiple occasions, including a third-round shellacking that left onlookers cringing as Josh Rosenthal came within moments of calling an end to the fight, Rua battled back as well, landing big shots of his own and maintaining positional dominance for the entirety of the final frame. For some, Shogun had done enough to earn a 10-8 in the closing minutes of the match-up, effectively evening the score to force a draw. But, to others, the judges had gotten right, awarding Henderson three-rounds to Rua's two. But, what do you think LowKick'ers? Were the judges on point or short a point in San Jose? And what about Rua's call for a rematch? Can a second showdown between the two legends possibly live up to the first?
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Photo: Lyoto Machida, left, fights Maurcio Rua at UFC 104 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, on October 24, 2009. Francis Specker