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UFC 139: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Vs. Dan Henderson

The following is from our live coverage of UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson. To access our full coverage, click here.

Josh Rosenthal will be the third man in the cage for the main event of the night.

Round 1: They touch gloves and set up in the middle, both men showing the other respect. It’s a measured start, but Hendo cracks Rua early with a right hand. Shogun takes Henderson down, but Hendo gets right back and cranks on him with a mean guillotine. Shogun survives and fights to his feet, where Hendo wails on him with punches. They separate and Shogun, bleeding, continues to take abuse from Henderson. Henderson avoids the takedown attempt by Shogun and gets double underhooks, dumping Rua to the mat effortlessly and walking away. Henderson still showing Rua respect on the feet, taking his time. Shogun moves in again and tries for the takedown, but no dice. He manages to land a good right on the break though. Henderson fires off a straight right with bad intentions. Rua cracks Henderson behind the head with a right hand that buckles his knees. Henderson drops for the takedown and then wallops Rua when he gets back to his feet. Rua looking for the uppercut. Henderson lands a right. Rua pushing forward and putting Henderson on his heels. Both men get in good knees. Shogun leans on Henderson against the cage until the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 2: Shogun sticks a jab to start things off. Henderson ducks a punch and tries for a takedown, but it’s denied. Rua presses Hendo into the cage and works some short knees. Rua lands a good elbow on the break and Hnederson lands a hard right. Henderson cracks Rua with a hard right and follows up with a good uppercut. Henderson is landing with bone=shattering power, but Shogun is hanging tough and countering. Rua finds his way off the cage and comes back at Henderson, landing some nice punches himself. Rua pushes forward with a volley of punches but doesn’t land. He presses Henderson into the cage, but Henderson reverses him and starts to dig in with vicious punches. Henderson leaning on Rua against the fence, to the dismay of the crowd. The ref warns them to work. The ref restarts them, Shogun a bloody mess. Shogun with a nice right that starts off a slug-out between the two.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Rosenthal calls, “Last round!” To which Henderson holds up three fingers and says, “Three more.”

Round 3: They get into it right away, both men digging in and swinging hard. Rua gets in some nice kicks on Hendo as he backs him into the fence with hard punches. Hendo eats a solid punch himself and may be bleeding from the left eye. Hendo gets the takedown briefly. Henderson drops Rua with a brutal right hand and pours it on afterward, hammering Shogun. Shogun is doing his best to survive the onslaught. Shogun recovers and goes for a leg, stalling Hendo’s assault. Henderson gets to his feet and so does Shogun, throwing punches. Both men are tired and beaten. Rua is leaning against Henderson on the fence, bleeding something awful. They rest, with Hendo’s back on the fence and Rua looking for the takedown. Henderson batters Shogun with elbows but opens himself up for the takedown, where Shogun gets in a series of left hands before Henderson gets to his feet. Shogun lands a few good shots on the break.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Henderson shook out his right hand after the bell sounded. Shogun’s face is a wreck, especially his left eye.

Round 4: Rua shoots for the takedown immediately, briefly getting Hendo down. They scramble and Rua lands some punches, but Henderson sets up the crucifix and then takes Rua’s back. Henderson threatens with the choke but Rua rolls into it and avoids. Henderson hits a power double and lands in side control. Henderson is working from half guard, trying to sink a one armed guillotine. Shogun survives and recovers full guard. Henderson backs out of guard and lands some brutal right hands standing. Rua gets to his feet, falls down and gets up again. Rua has the heart of a lion, he lands an uppercut. Henderson is worn out and looks to have hurt his right hand. Henderson is standing right in front of Rua, letting him land a hard uppercut that hurts him. Henderson is reeling, he tries for the takedown, but doesn’t complete it. Henderson is standing with his hands at his waist and his mouth wide open, with Rua landing punches at will. Shogun gets the takedown and lands in full mount, throwing punches. Rua takes his back and puts on the choke, but Henderson turns into it and ends the round in guard.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Henderson

Round 5: Henderson lunges in and Shogun hits the trip, landing in side control. Rua lands a knee to the body. Rua takes full mount and starts to rain down punches, someone’s mouthpiece goes flying. Henderson gets control of his posture briefly, but Rua pops back up and lands shots. Henderson recovers half guard. Rua takes mount again and Henderson scrambles, giving up his back. Shogun is looking for the rear naked choke, but Henderson is defending. Hendo gets half guard back but Rua takes mount again with just under two minutes to go. Rua landing more punches from the top, with Hendo just trying to survive. Rua takes mount again, but Henderson controls his posture. A minute left, Shogun postures up and tries to pour everything he has left into finishing Henderson. Hendo recovers half guard. Rua takes mount again. Twenty seconds left. Ten seconds left and Rua postures up, they scramble before the bell.

FightLine scores the round 10-8 for Rua

Oh wow, that’s a Fight of the Year candidate right there. Epic battle. The two warriors are rightly met with

Dan Henderson defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

“That guy can take an effing punch. I hit him hard, thought I could finish him the first two, three rounds.” Henderson admits that this could’ve been the toughest fight of his career, calls Shogun a champion and warrior with great heart.

Shogun says he trained hard and he’ll be back better next time. “Congratulations Dan Henderson.”