UFC 139: Dan Henderson wins via Unanimous Decision after a war with Shogun RuaPosted on November 19, 2011, 11:16 PM by Anton Gurevich
Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua was the first non-title UFC bout to go into championship rounds, in what was without a doubt one of the greatest displays of heart, courage and skill ever seen inside the Octagon.
Dan Henderson opened well with perfectly-timed striking combinations. Hendo rocked Rua on several occasions, but the Brazilian displayed an amazing chinned that time after time absorbed Dan Henderson's famous H-Bombs. Both fighters exchanged striking combinations, but it was Hendo who bloodied up Shogun and was closer to get the finisher. Rua countered with surprisingly good wrestling and positioning on the ground that put Dan Henderson into uncomfortable situations throughout the fight.
Turning point in the fight came when Dan Henderson rocked Rua with another right hand (Round 3), and then followed the Brazilian to finish the fight via Ground and Pound. Shogun took everything Henderson had to offer, while the All-American visibly punched himself. From there, Shogun took full control of the fight, as Dan Henderson went into a fully operational survival mode. However, mount after mount, choke after choke, Shogun was unable to get the finish. The fight went to the judges' scorecards.
All three judges scored the fight 48-47, with a winner via Unanimous Decision - Dan Henderson. Apparently, first three rounds went in favor of Dan Henderson, while the other two went to Rua. Fans would argue that fifth round was a clear 10-8, therefore the fight should be a draw. Still, this decision is light years away from the UFC 104 call between Shogun Rua and Lyoto Machida, which was later labeled by many as a a robbery.