Possibly one of the funnest fights I have ever had the privilege of witnessing will now have its part deux which is now set for March 23rd in Nelio Dias Gymnasium, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
Dan Henderson recently had open disputes with the UFC given that they weren’t being as lenient nor as flexible as they once were to a n aging 43 year old coming off of 3 back to back losses, last of which was a vicious 1st RD ko. The two would eventually come to terms and the Pride legend would also take a supposed pay cut in his newly inked 6 fight deal with the UFC.
Their first booking would be in San Jose, California on November 19th at the HP Pavilion. The crowd was electric, to say the least. A fueled and blood thirsty audience had were already entertained by Cung Le vs Wanderlei Silva as Hendo and Shogun would enter the octagon. ‘Til this day I cannot put into words how I felt this fight would go, who would win or even what round it would last to. The fans both in attendance and in front of their TV’s were in for something special but I doubt anyone anticipated the war that was to come.
As the fight wore on — both men were physically exhausted and drained as they allowed their hands to dangle at their sides while winging punches at each other. Shogun was a bloody mess and Henderson was clearly fatigued as the last round would come to a closing end. Henderson walked away the winner that night in an extremely controversial decision win over Shogun Rua.
Rua, only 32 years old is coming off of a KO win of James Te Huna opposite Henderson who is coming off a loss to Belfort. Henderson is probably the only fighter in the world who could gain a 6 fight UFC contract coming off of 3 losses (yet they cut Anthony Johnson after 1 loss).
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