Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua put on a five-round epic last night, engaging in a hard-fought battle of wills that swung back and forth and was described by UFC president Dana White as one of the best fights of all time.
“That’s without a doubt one of the top three best fights ever in MMA, without a doubt,” he said at last night’s post-fight presser. “I have so much respect for both of those guys. To dig down that deep in a five round fight – that was like our Ali-Frazier three, you know what I mean? It was unbelievable. It was incredible.”
In the end, Dan Henderson was awarded a unanimous decision victory over Rua, but White scored the evenly-matched barnburner a draw.
“This is one of those tough fights. In the first round, they both knocked each other down, you give Henderson the first three rounds, you give Shogun four, and you give Shogun 10-8 in the last round for a dominate round; it’s a draw,” he estimated. “It’s one of those tough ones. That’s how I scored it. I scored it a draw, but who the hell am I?”
The fight went down last night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, in the main event of UFC 139.