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.


Belfort injured, Wanderlei Silva to face Cung Le at UFC 139

nullJust a few weeks after Vitor Belfort announced he would be taking on Cung Le at UFC 139, he has now had to announce he will not be fighting after all.

According to MMAFighting.com, Belfort suffered an injury that will force him out of the fight. But, the UFC was quick to find a replacement, as Wanderlei Silva will step in to take on Le at UFC 139.

Wanderlei Silva will make his return to the Octagon on November 19 in San Jose, when he takes on former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le at UFC 139.

UFC President Dana White announced today that Vitor Belfort had to pull out of his fight with Le because of an injury, and as a result Silva will step in and take it.

Belfort vs. Le had the makings of a great fight because of the speed and quickness both have in their striking.

However, Le vs. Silva should be just as good, if not better, because Silva is relentless and is willing to be knocked out in order to put on a show. Belfort is more hesitant in his striking. With Silva now in, expect fireworks and an explosive knockout when he and Cung Le face off.


Henderson vs. Shogun planned for UFC 139

nullDan Henderson disposed of one former PRIDE legend, can he do it again in his return to the octagon.

MMAWeekly.com is reporting that the current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion has agreed to return to the UFC to take on former PRIDE champion, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have verbally agreed to face off at UFC 139 on Nov. 19, MMAWeekly.com has learned.

Independent sources confirmed the fight, which will stand as Henderson’s return to the organization after defeating Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce.

The bout will likely be the new main event for the card that saw its prior main event between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and no. 1 contender Junior dos Santos get moved to the main event of the Nov. 12 UFC on Fox fight card.

This is an exciting addition to UFC 139 and likely could be a No. 1 contender’s match in the division after Rashad Evans takes on the winner of Jon Jones vs. “Rampage” Jackson.

It’s surprising that these two never met in PRIDE, as both were legends and champions in the organization.

Both men have one-punch KO power and formidable skills on the ground, with Henderson being a wrestling specialist, and Rua being a submission specialist.


UFC Matchmaking update – UFC 140 gets main event

nullLost in a weekend that saw the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals take place were some big fight announcements from the UFC.

Here is a look at three different UFC events that have added to their cards.

– UFC 140 in Toronto go its main event as heavyweights Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will have their rematch. The two met back at UFC 92 with Mir handing Nogueira his first stoppage loss. Mir KO’d Big Nog in the second round. Nogueira claimed a staph infection hindered his abilities and has been seeking a rematch since. Mir has won his last two fights and looking to get back into the title hunt with a win while Nogueira is coming off his KO win over Brendan Schaub at UFC Rio. UFC 140 also added Tito Ortiz vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Brian Ebersole vs. Rory MacDonald to the lineup.

– UFC 139 picked up a big fight as middleweight Vitor Belfort will return to action when he takes on former Strikeforce champion, Cung Le. This will be a battle of perhaps the two fastest strikers in all of MMA. Le hasn’t fought since June of 2010, when he KO’d Scott Smith to avenge his only loss. Belfort is coming off a KO win over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133. This fight should come down to which fighter strikes first.

– Jon Fitch will make his long-awaited return to the octagon at UFC 141 when he faces off with Johny Hendricks. Fitch hasn’t competed since February when he had a draw against B.J. Penn. Fitch had shoulder surgery that put him on the shelf for a while. Fitch hasn’t lost since his 2008 title fight with Georges St. Pierre. Hendricks has one loss in his career, to Rick Story back in December of 2010. He has won his last two fights, but is facing the toughest opponent of his career when he squares off with Fitch.