Dan Henderson (29-8) and Maurício “Shogun” Rua (21-7) entered the Octagon at UFC 139 in the main event. By the conclusion of the fight, they were awarded Fight of the Night honors. A few months later, their five round war was also given the title, Fight of the Year.
Henderson would leave as the winner by unanimous decision. While he couldn’t give every detail from the 25 minutes of nonstop action, he remembers that it was far from an easy win.
“It was a very long fight,” said Henderson to TATAME. “I remember I almost finished it in the third round and he showed the heart of a champion because he continued resisting. I thought that at any time I could finish it, but it just did not happen. I’m sure it was a fight that fans loved to watch.”
After that win, Henderson was awarded the No. 1 contender spot for the light heavyweight championship. After he went down with an injury, he lost his title contention and hasn’t competed since that November 2011 fight. Rua has fought twice, going 1-1.
Henderson returns in less than a month at UFC 157, when he takes on former champion Lyoto Machida on February 23 in the co-main event. That fight comes from the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA.