Dan Henderson defeats Mauricio “Shogun” Rua

Last night at UFC 139 we had some great fights:

UFC 139 didn’t have a title fight as the main event, but the battle between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua couldn’t have been any better.

The two competed in the first five-round non-title fight since the UFC added the new five-round rule to any main event, and in the end, Henderson managed to narrowly out-point Rua for a unanimous decision.

It appeared that Henderson would end the fight early as he landed some big right hands on Rua, but the former UFC champion survived and pushed the fight into the later rounds where Henderson became exhausted. The final seven minutes were all Rua, but it was too little, too late, as Henderson had done enough to win 48-47 on all three judges’ scorecards.

The win pushes Henderson into the top 5 of the UFC light heavyweight division, but an immediate rematch with Rua may be in order due to the reaction from the fans and UFC brass on the fight itself.

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UFC 139 on Saturday from San Jose

UFC 139 Shogun vs. Henderson will take place on Saturday, November 19th as the light heavyweight bout between Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson will be for the right to fight for the light heavyweight title and make for an outstanding matchup for MMA bets.

There are four additional bouts on the main card. All five main card fights can be seen on pay per view and Spike TV will televise two preliminary card bouts.

Also on the main card is a middleweight bout between Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le, a bantamweight bout between Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles, a welterweight bout between Martin Kampmann and Rick Story, and a light heavyweight bout between Stephan Bonnar and Kyle Kingsbury.

The Spike TV preliminary bouts will feature a light heavyweight matchup between Ryan Bader and Jason Brilz, and a bantamweight bout between Michael McDonald and Kyle Kingsbury.

Dan Henderson is currently ranked as the top light heavyweight contender in UFC and has a career record with MMA bets of 28-8. Henderson is riding a three bout winning streak and has won 6 of his last 7 bouts overall. Although Henderson has won Pride and Strikeforce titles he has come up short in UFC with title bout losses in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. He has been in Strikeforce since April of 2010 and last fought in UFC with a win at UFC 100 over Michael Bisping on July 11, 2009 in a middleweight bout. Henderson is one of the most mentally tough fighters in UFC and is a superb wrestler with a powerful punch from either hand.

Rua has a record of 20-5 and is coming off a win at UFC 134 over Forrest Griffin by knockout at the 1:53 mark of the 1st round on August 27, 2011. It was the 17th knockout win of Rua’s 20 for his career. Rua won the UFC light heavyweight title on May 8, 2010 when he knocked out Lyoto Machida at the 3:35 mark of the first round. He subsequently lost the title belt in his next fight against Jon Jones in a technical knockout on March 19, 2011 in a tough three-round battle. Rua has been in UFC since September 2007 and fought in Pride and IFC before that. Rua is known for his aggressive style in which he backs down to nobody and goes for the kill.

Junior dos Santos knocks out Cain Velasquez

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The first UFC fight on Fox was a quick one:

In the UFC’s anticipated debut on FOX, it didn’t take long for the inaugural fight to end.

Junior dos Santos won the UFC Heavyweight Championship in a little over a minute as he knocked out the champion, Cain Velasquez from the Honda Center in Anaheim.

Dos Santos came into the fight as the betting underdog, but a devastating right hand early in the first round caught the champion in the ear and sent him crashing.

It was definitely interesting to see this one end with a big punch.

Get fit with Georges St-Pierre

MMA World Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre is now a legend in the MMA community, and now he’s sharing his training secrets with a new series of MMA workout DVDs.

MMA is more than just a sport or a form of entertainment. It has spawned a new lifestyle approach, and central to that is the sculpted look you see with the best MMA fighters. Women love that look and guys are inspired by it.

It’s only attainable, however, if you’re willing and able to undergo an intense workout program. You have to be committed, and you have to be the type of person that sets the bar high. You might not be able to fight like St-Pierre, but you can achieve that same look through persistent hard work.

Dana White interview

Dana White discusses UFC marketing strategies and a possible event in Hawaii.