Shogun Rua Tabbed to Welcome Dan Henderson Back at UFC 139

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grappler0000
9/19/11 7:34:36PM
Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have verbally agreed to face off at UFC 139 on Nov. 19, MMAWeekly.com has learned.

Independent sources confirmed the fight, which will stand as Henderson’s return to the organization after defeating Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce.

The bout will likely be the new main event for the card that saw its prior main event between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and no. 1 contender Junior dos Santos get moved to the main event of the Nov. 12 UFC on Fox fight card.

Henderson’s return will signal the start of his third tenure in the UFC after recently spending some time in Strikeforce, where he won the organization’s light heavyweight crown in March. At 41 years old, Henderson remains a viable competitor at both middleweight and light heavyweight, and will look to hold the same status in his return to the Las Vegas-based organization...

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Poor_Franklin
9/19/11 7:35:08PM
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FastKnockout
9/19/11 7:45:40PM
I'll be rocking my Pride shirt.
kopower
9/19/11 7:48:19PM
Well, Well, Well. Great fight, great matchmaking.
Budgellism
9/19/11 7:52:44PM
Oh, HELL YEAH!
ghandikush
9/19/11 7:59:01PM
This was THE matchup I wanted to see from him in the UFC right after THE matchup I wanted in Strikeforce.
pmoney
9/19/11 8:01:41PM
My word! This fight has been years and years in the making. I am gonna be looking for big fanfare here! Hype coming out the wazoo! I want trailer packages chock full of Pride highlights, and then some more current fights for context. Can UFC 139 be titled "Unfinished Business" as well?
Poor_Franklin
9/19/11 8:09:54PM

Posted by pmoney
I want trailer packages chock full of Pride highlights, and then some more current fights for context. Can UFC 139 be titled "Unfinished Business" as well?



i'll allow it
Budgellism
9/19/11 8:10:01PM

Posted by ghandikush

This was THE matchup I wanted to see from him in the UFC right after THE matchup I wanted in Strikeforce.



Yup. Same here man. I wanted Shogun vs. Hendo before I wanted Fedor vs. Hendo but I'll take them in any order they want to give them to me.
Chael_Sonnen
9/19/11 8:10:48PM
Hollywood Henderson via TKO - - rd 2
DeadHead988
9/19/11 8:35:46PM
Hendo via dominant ko
Hendo67
9/19/11 8:49:29PM
WOW!
shaneTpain
9/19/11 8:51:22PM

Posted by Hendo67

WOW!




SmileR
9/19/11 8:52:48PM

Posted by shaneTpain


Posted by Hendo67

WOW!







But what is the point in Strikeforce now!?
prophecy033
9/19/11 9:03:51PM
Very nice fight and it makes sense
prozacnation1978
9/19/11 9:08:30PM
I didn't mind at all a belfort vs le main event
But this is way better. I can't wait to go to san jose
crushedbacon
9/19/11 9:08:42PM
I didn't see it confirmed but I'm assuming this is set for 5 rounds too... Jesus. Great fight. Lets go Gun.
Shawn91111
9/19/11 9:31:43PM
Saw this posted in Sherdog and came over here. Awesome news for any Hendo fan, this is the fight I have wanted to see for a long time now, since Pride.
emfleek
9/19/11 9:43:28PM
It's impossible to pick one of these guys to root for. Love 'em both.
Poor_Franklin
9/19/11 9:44:26PM

Posted by emfleek

It's impossible to pick one of these guys to root for. Love 'em both.



exactly!
Budgellism
9/19/11 9:45:55PM

Posted by SmileR


Posted by shaneTpain


Posted by Hendo67

WOW!







But what is the point in Strikeforce now!?



There isn't one. It's done. Melendez, Barnett and Cormier are the last pieces before it crumbles. They're waiting to show Barnett vs. Cormier, because let's face it, that's a fantastic fight.

EDIT: They're going to scoop up a lot of serious talent when it crumbles, but those 3 guys are the key pieces in Strikeforce right now. Maybe throw King Mo in there as well.
Pookie
9/19/11 10:13:24PM
CALLED IT!

Shogun is going to be the first to stop Hendo by strikes.
mattjonesy
9/19/11 10:13:46PM
This fight has fight of the year written all over it.
Shawn91111
9/19/11 10:23:26PM

Posted by Pookie

CALLED IT!

Shogun is going to be the first to stop Hendo by strikes.



Av bet!?
Pookie
9/19/11 10:28:01PM

Posted by Shawn91111


Posted by Pookie

CALLED IT!

Shogun is going to be the first to stop Hendo by strikes.



Av bet!?



In a straight Shogun v. Hendo bet, anyday. Hendo's going to eat leg kicks all day and miss with the overhand.
tn_rebel
9/19/11 10:37:26PM

Posted by Pookie

CALLED IT!

Shogun is going to be the first to stop Hendo by strikes.



I don't see it goin down like that.
Pookie
9/19/11 10:42:04PM

Posted by tn_rebel


Posted by Pookie

CALLED IT!

Shogun is going to be the first to stop Hendo by strikes.



I don't see it goin down like that.



Here how bout this.

I'll av bet any amount of people on this fight. If Shogun wins, i get to pick everybody in the bets avatar for a week.
If Henderson wins and i lose, i'll update my avatar at the end of every week successively until i everybody i bet against gets to pick my avatar for a week.

Would you like to take my bet? , rebel.
sbulldavid
9/19/11 10:44:20PM
Tough fight to call I don't ever pick against either of these guys. I think it's a better match-up for Henderson but he might not ever catch Shogun.
Twenty20Dollars
9/19/11 10:52:47PM
Wonder how much money Hendo is making.
Cooler
9/19/11 11:34:21PM
Hendo's head is made out of pure granite but if you take into account that the two of the best strikers he ever fought almost knocked him out, feijao and anderson, then i think shogun winning by strikes isnt so far fetched especially given his skillset and power and even on a guy like hendo

at the same time hendo has the power to stop anyone as well, but if youre looking at technical striking abilities, footwork, jabs, leg kicks, killer instinct, and jiu jitsu Shogun has a clear edge in a few key areas of this fight, where as hendo has the wrestling, maybe a slight power advantage and not much else

Honestly i also agree that Shogun will be the first to stop hendo, but not a ko, a tko after getting rocked by punches
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