Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua II Rumoured For Brazilian UFC Card

Posted on January 21, 2014, 06:22 AM by Rory Kernaghan
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(Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua touch gloves before their epic UFC 139 showdown)

A rematch of one of the greatest UFC fights of all time is reportedly in the works for March, I’m talking about Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua vs Dan Henderson II. UFC 139 played host to the first meeting of the two MMA legends, a fight that could have gone either way on the judges' scorecards.

Henderson has been on a run of bad luck as of late, and his 2011 win over Rua was the last time the former Pride Welterweight champ tasted victory. Rua has gone 2-2 since UFC 139, knocking out Brandon Vera and more recently, James Te Huna. Many feel that ‘Shogun’ actually won the first fight with Hendo, so maybe this is his chance at redemption.

Henderson recently suffered the first KO loss of his storied career; catching a Vitor Belfort head kick before being finished with punches on the ground at UFC Fight Night 32 this past November. A fourth consecutive loss for ‘Desperate Dan’ would at least mark the end of his UFC days, possibly of his fighting days full stop.

Between 2008-11, Hendo was actually 7-1 for Strikeforce and the UFC. This included wins over Fedor Emelianenko, Rafael Cavalcante, Rich Franklin, Rousimar Palhares, Shogun and Michael Bisping. It is truly incredible how fast the MMA world moves and leaves people behind.

The pairing, first reported by Tatame, is not yet a confirmed bout, although it is believed that it will go down at a Brazil-based event. Rua will get the chance to avenge his loss in arguably his most exciting fight ever (see Rua vs. Nogueira), and Hendo will get the chance to prove he still has what it takes.

That being said, I’m not sure if Hendo does still have ‘it’. His last three performances have been lacklustre at best, and his showing against Vitor Belfort was just over 60 seconds before Hendo was sleeping on the canvas. Now approaching his 43rd birthday, no one would disagree with Hendo retiring after a second Rua bout, win or lose.

Rua is a spring chicken in comparison; 32 years of age and coming off a quality knockout over James Te Huna, this past December. I think that everything is on Rua’s side ahead of this rematch, although it may not last as long as the first fight if ‘Shogun’ takes a leaf from Belfort’s book.


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  • David Saucier
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    The first fight was epic and that is not an exaggeration, I would like to see Shogun show up with abs and no flab, and I wonder how Dan's jaw is now.

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  • Rory Kernaghan
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    I have to say I don't think it is looking good for Hendo,. not with his recent ko loss and Rua's recent form

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  • DG1
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    *facepolm* ha! DG1 strikes ha!
    Hendo go to sleepo in Brazilo!

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  • TheXperience
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    There's nothing wrong with Dan's Jaw... he got rocked by a punch and then put out with a vicious kick to the dome!

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  • soiWANNABEafighter
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    well I would like you to show up with abs too, but hey: it is what it is, right? ;)

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  • David Saucier
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    imo unless your HW and a pro fighter there should be no excuse for flab.

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  • soiWANNABEafighter
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    To be honest: I tell friends about mma and after they see guys like Barnett, Nelson or even BJ, they ask me: and those guys are serious top athletes?

    Reply 3 months ago
  • falcon4917
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    I think both are on the thought of retiring and this is a paycheck fight. No doubt a great match up though.

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  • purinho
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    Belive Shogun is not, he is still young and sure needs some money for the future. The division is already bad, if you look at the rankings, among the top 15 there are Vitor, Mousasi, Machida, Sonnen and Te Huna, all MW or yet to be. Shogun is still one of the best fighters and a big name that UFC cannot lose right now.

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  • falcon4917
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    I don't doubt Shogun can come back, just not sure he will stick around.

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  • akieyugames
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    This time my man Shogun's hands are raised.

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  • MAMBA24ILL
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    LOL at ‘Desperate Dan’
    Recycled fight, although the 1st was great.

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  • purinho
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    Shogun will take this, Hendo is not the fighter from the first fight anymore.

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  • Entity
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    I dont see the relevance of this fight. I'll watch, sure but this is about money too the UFC not much more except maybe a send off to Dan.

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  • DesiredUsername
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    Irrelevant fight but should be a good one nonetheless. Shogun's gonna be looking to avenge his first loss and Hendo's gonna be looking to prove he's not done.

    Reply 3 months ago