UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson took place tonight from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California and may very well go down as the best card of the year. The fight delivered fireworks from top to bottom and played host to some of the most memorable bouts in recent history. As always, the superlative fighters of the evening were given bonuses for their efforts, tonight in the amount of $70,000.
Tonight’s Fight of the Night bonus was given out twice, to main event fighters Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for their five-round, Pride throwback classic and to co-main eventers Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le for their seesaw two-rounder. Shogun and Henderson battled for an epic five rounds, going back and forth in an all-out gutter war that eventually saw Hendo declared the winner via unanimous decision. Silva withstood Le’s tricky assault to put his hands and knees on the tricky striker, ending an exciting, back-and-forth war in the second round.
Knockout of the Night went to 20-year-old rising prospect Michael McDonald, who starched the debuting Alex Soto early in the first round of their SpikeTV-aired preliminary card fight. McDonald picked up his third win in as many fights with the promotion and also his second fight night bonus.
Finally, Urijah “The California Kid” Faber was awarded Submission of the Night for his second-round stoppage of former bantamweight champ Brian Bowles. Faber put the very game Bowles away with an ironclad guillotine choke after softening the country boy up with some hard shots on the feet.
UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson went down tonight from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.