Main Event | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA
Dan Henderson defeats Maurício Rua via 5 Round Decision
|28-8-0||Pro Record At Fight||20-5-0|
|Climbed to 29-8||Record After Fight||Fell to 20-6|
|+130 (Slight Underdog)||Betting Odds||-160 (Slight Favorite)|
|Temecula, California||Fighting out of||Curitiba, Parana, Brazil|
|41 years, 2 months, 3 weeks, 5 days||Age at Fight||29 years, 11 months, 3 weeks, 4 days|
|203.0 lbs (92.1 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)|
|6'1" (186cm)||Height||6'1" (185cm)|
|74.0" (188cm)||Reach||76.0" (193cm)|
Vila da Luta
Kings MMA (Other)
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
- Date: Saturday 11.19.2011 at 09:00 PM ET
- Referee: Josh Rosenthal
- Venue: HP Pavilion
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: San Jose, California, United States
- Bout Billing: Main Event (fight 12 of 12)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Rua Total Disclosed Pay: $235,000
- Henderson Total Disclosed Pay: $320,000
Rua vs. Henderson Wiki Update Wiki
The main event of UFC 139 featured a showdown between MMA legends and former Pride fighters Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in the light heavyweight division. Both fighters were former champions across the Pride, UFC, and Strikeforce organizations. Henderson was coming in with impressive victories over Renato Sobral, Rafael Cavalcante, and Fedor Emelianenko. Rua had lost the UFC light heavyweight championship earlier that year, before avenging an earlier defeat against Forrest Griffin via first round knockout.
Rua landed first with a low kick. Shogun shot for a takedown, almost had it, but Henderson was able to gain position, look for front choke, and unload with a brutal barrage of punches that opened up a gash to the left of Rua's left eye. Henderson threw Shogun to the ground in a stunning opening to the fight. Shogun again looked for a takedown but was stuffed easily by Henderson. Rua covered up as Henderson attacked with combinations, then Rua landed a solid shot that had Henderson on the ground looking defensively for a single leg. Back to the feet in a tense and exciting first round. Rua pressed forward and landed a nice left hand, clinching up and throwing knees to the legs. The horn sounded while the fighters were clinched against the fence, likely going in Henderson's favor due to the brutal salvo of damaging punches early in the round.
A few missed strikes from both fighters in the second and Shogun clinched and pressed Dan against the fence. Henderson landed a right hand, a big uppercut, and shot to the body that had Rua briefly in trouble. Rua landed a nice combination but they appeared to have less of an impact than those of Henderson. Splitting from the clinch for long enough to both throw bombs, and again it appeared to be Henderson gaining the advantage. The pair were broken up by referee Josh Rosenthal with 30 seconds remaining. Neither fighter went for any offense in the final 10 seconds, both preferring to conserve energy.
The pair had some big exchanges to start the third. Shogun landed a big kick to the body, slipped out of a single leg takedown attempt from Henderson, momentarily tripped to the ground and popped back up. Henderson landed a big right a moment later, putting Rua onto his back. Henderson dove on top with big punches landing cleanly on a desperate and hurt Rua. Shogun was able to survive enough to attack for a heel hook. Henderson stood to his feet and Shogun leaned in, his face a bloody mess. Henderson delivered elbows to the head as Shogun worked for a takedown, and Rua was able to briefly gain dominant position, taking the back and punching away effectively. Henderson got back to his feet and ate a few nice punches from Shogun before the round ended.
Shogun shot for a single leg to begin the fourth round, had Henderson briefly down, but then in the scramble had his back taken by Henderson. Henderson secured a rear crucifix that Shogun was able to escape from back to his feet. Henderson plowed forward for a takedown, moving directly to side control. Shogun skillfully regained half-guard but was in trouble from a one-arm guillotine. Henderson ended up back in full-guard. Henderson backed out and came back down with a big punch. Shogun got back to his feet after turtling up, and with 2 minutes left in the round both fighters were exhausted. A huge uppercut landed by Rua, sending Henderson stumbling backwards. Rua landed another pair of shots with Henderson looking to be in trouble. Both fighters were exhausted, with Shogun able to score a takedown and immediately take full mount. Henderson, in deep trouble gave up his back but Rua lost position and ended up with Henderson on top in guard. Henderson landed an elbow right at the horn, closing the fourth round of an amazing, instant-classic fight.
In the first exchange of the fifth round, Shogun threw a strike, used a whizzer to stay in top position, and took full mount. Rua began unloading with punches, picking his spots to utilize energy and attack. Henderson regained half-guard with 3 minutes remaining in the fight. Rua passed to full mount again, attacked with punches, and almost had Henderson's back. Shogun again took full mount with Henderson apparently too tired to escape. Another flurry from Shogun, with Henderson then getting half-guard back in place. The final horn sounded with both fighters barely able to stand and raise their arms in victory after a grueling, epic battle.
All three judges scored the fight 48-47 for the winner by unanimous decision, Dan Henderson. Speaking with Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview, Henderson commented, "That guy can take an effing punch, I hit him hard and I thought I could finish him in the first two rounds, he fought strong and he finished strong, but I knew I had the first three rounds... Like I said, I hit him hard and clean a few times, I should have had him finished there, but the gas tank was running low at that point... it very well could be [the toughest fight of my career]."
Rogan also talked to Rua, who commented, "I'll perform better next time, thank you... Henderson was strong, congratulations for Dan Henderson... I'll train more jiu-jitsu and maybe I'll win the next one."
Although all three judges scored the contest a unanimous victory for Dan Henderson, many fighters and media, including Dana White scored the fight a draw, with Shogun winning the fifth round 10-8. Even with the controversial decision, many people consider this fight to be the greatest MMA fight of all time. In the post-fight interviews, Joe Rogan claimed the bout to be one of the most epic fights in UFC history and easily one of the greatest fights of all time, Dana White also added that the fight was one of his top 3 greatest fights ever.
Following the fight, both fighters were suspended 180 days for their injuries. Rua was suspended for a possible skull fracture, and Henderson for a possible broken thumb. While most medical suspension can be lifted by a doctor's approval, Rua didn't fight again for another eight months. Likewise Henderson took some time off to wait for a fight with UFC Champion Jon Jones. That fight would have taken place ten months later, if he had not injured his knee in training.
Rua vs. Henderson Fight Predictions
Rua vs. Henderson Fighter Tweets
If fighters from this bout were talking on Twitter before or after the fight, this is where you can find it. Below are all the Tweets we've recorded near the date of the bout.
- http://t.co/b09ECnmd Thx RT @tyty4real: @danhendo where can I get your walkout shirt? #RT
- 5 days, 2 hours, and 9 minutes
- Olympic rings. At least i don't have a tramp stamp. Lol. RT @StaleNilsen: @danhendo is that a dolphin on your ankle? #ufc139
- 4 days, 23 hours, and 15 minutes
- RT @5thRound: Dan Henderson Doing His Part for Thanksgiving and Christmas - http://t.co/vcxsa40R @danhendo Thx guys
- 4 days, 23 hours, and 12 minutes
- Right back at ya @FilthyTomLawlor -- u r always welcome at @TeamQuestMMA RT @FilthyTomLawlor: Happy (cont) http://t.co/kdUfrN07
- 4 days, 23 hours, and 5 minutes
- RT @FrontRowBrian: Just did some considerable damage at the @clinchgear store. 50% discount code BLACK11T. Free shipping over $50. @danhendo
- 4 days, 23 hours, and 3 minutes
- Lol. I think it's the latter. RT @coachmezee: @danhendo either @jayglazer is really short or he's (cont) http://t.co/OII0vEpa
- 4 days, 22 hours, and 58 minutes
- Awesome to see @JayGlazer visiting US troops in Korea. Thanks to all our servicemen/women around the world. Hope u return safely & soon.
- 4 days, 22 hours, and 8 minutes
- Thx, Jon. I will def stuff my face. Happy Thanksgiving to u. Looking forward to working w/ u. RT (cont) http://t.co/5PhuGzpJ
- 4 days, 21 hours, and 56 minutes
- Happy Thanksgiving to all! So thankful for your support & to @ClinchGear , @TeamQuestMMA , @ufc, @Strikeforce , family & friends. Love ya.
- 4 days, 21 hours, and 54 minutes
- Yes. RT @FreddieMNG: @danhendo are you hoping for the winner of Jones v. Machida?
- 4 days, 8 hours, and 17 minutes
- Once i get a doctor's clearance for my thumb i'll get cleared to fight again. Shouldn't be long at (cont) http://t.co/CyFMjcUj
- 4 days, 8 hours, and 4 minutes
- Thankyou everyone for the supportRT @rodrigo4it: y'all got to vote for my man @danhendo for (cont) http://t.co/kLU0o0j8
- 4 days, 5 hours, and 51 minutes
- Yes. @ClinchGearUK has them. Thx for helping. RT @Scublakhan: @danhendo @clinchgear @sd_rescue (cont) http://t.co/0DKSn9vv
- 4 days, 5 hours, and 51 minutes
- Ice that thing RT @FreeLeeMurray: Hendo'd my hand tonight. Broke it on my training partner's head. That solidarity. @danhendo
- 4 days, 5 hours, and 48 minutes
- Yessir. Due to success of the promo, we're going to keep it going & provide free meals on (cont) http://t.co/10S8foJV
- 4 days, 3 hours, and 17 minutes
- So @ClinchGear sent checks to @SD_Rescue & @denverrescue today to feed nearly 2000 total families of 4 on Thanksgiving--thx to all of you!
- 4 days, 2 hours, and 22 minutes
- Galera muito obrigado pelo apoio,estou muito bem,sem nenhuma fratura so com o olho roxo,abracos a todos.
- 3 days, 2 hours, and 9 minutes
- That's bullshit, Mike. RT @MikeChiappetta: Sorry, I heard that wrong. It was Hendo who didnt want (cont) http://t.co/cMHhoZsj
- 2 days, 8 hours, and 56 minutes
- Congrats @OfficialAJHawk -- keep it rolling! RT @ClinchGear: Congrats @OfficialAJHawk on the win (cont) http://t.co/t1fq0fDX
- 2 days, 8 hours, and 17 minutes
- Don't give dana any ideas... lol. RT @bjjsoulroller: I hope that @danawhite has his nose buried in (cont) http://t.co/yQv2NU63
- 2 days, 4 hours, and 28 minutes
- Thx Scott. I appreciate your faith in me & am proud to represent @Strikeforce. RT @cokersf: (cont) http://t.co/fNl5nft3
- 2 days, 2 hours, and 14 minutes
- http://t.co/cRywiioq Thx! RT @okheresthething: @danhendo Where can I buy your walkout hat? #UFC139 @ufc
- 1 day, 8 hours, and 54 minutes
- Thx DC. My buddy @bobbypinson wrote it & was w/ me in san jose. Pretty cool. RT @dc_mma: For (cont) http://t.co/cUGDxVts
- 1 day, 8 hours, and 13 minutes
- Thx fellas. Reggie hope u can make to another fight in the offseason. RT @RANDLE_MONSTER: (cont) http://t.co/NjKOQu8S
- 1 day, 8 hours, and 10 minutes
- Was an honor to share the octagon w/ @shogunrua -- nothing but respect for him. RT @KJ_Parker: (cont) http://t.co/I0OML8Px
- 1 day, 5 hours, and 54 minutes
- A little sore but pretty f*&%ing happy. RT @FreddieMNG: @danhendo how did you wake this morning champ? Sore?
- 1 day, 5 hours, and 48 minutes
- Thx--i appreciate it. RT @TheMoneyAce: @danhendo one of the best fights I've ever seen & I've (cont) http://t.co/tHnBMZrC
- 1 day, 5 hours, and 44 minutes
- Thx Kelly--congrats to u too. RT @kellyslater: Probably sickest back and forth LHW fight I've ever (cont) http://t.co/3K3JXs81
- 1 day, 5 hours, and 39 minutes
- That's awesome. RT @kellyslater: @danhendo let's go!!! http://t.co/VkipAGUY
- 1 day, 5 hours, and 38 minutes
- Nice dude. I was at game too--thx @fillinswag56 ! RT @dannyrube: At the Niners game repping my new (cont) http://t.co/E73IdacM
- 1 day, 4 hours, and 6 minutes
- thnks for all that support and cheered for me,now is time to rest with my family hugs to all.
- 22 hours and 58 minutes
- obrigado ao carinho de todos q me ajudaram e torceram,agora descansar com a familia,abracos a todos.
- 22 hours and 56 minutes
- At http://t.co/BiLywf3x ..RT @babaytaay: @danhendo how can I get one of your shirts? They're awesome !
- 20 hours and 13 minutes
- Cung, we are so proud to work with you. The crowd loved that fight. RT @CungLe185: I fought my (cont) http://t.co/L1zJz4Jj
- 15 hours and 22 minutes
- Just got a splint for a sprained thumb--otherwise all good. Thx for all the support. 2 thumbs up! http://t.co/dfG9UBpL
- 10 hours and 20 minutes
- Shogun is one tough guy. Hope u all liked the show--I want a title shot next. http://t.co/dxg8q7QI
- 7 hours and 55 minutes
- Heard @MikeChandlerMMA just won the @bellatormma lightweight title--way to start the night off for @ClinchGear Mike!
- 5 hours and 10 minutes
- Heading to arena now w/ my team--time to go to work. http://t.co/5BiUViQL
- 4 hours and 36 minutes
- Just killing some time on fight day. Free pick 'em contest at http://t.co/29pb8xB1 -- u better pick me! http://t.co/fMA5OnaQ
- 1 hour and 37 minutes
- My team is en route. I'm going to sleep. RT @BrewMasterMush: @danhendo Hendo were at the #rodeoclub (cont) http://t.co/k8RrFgHX
- 15 hours and 35 minutes
- Lol. That's his pedo stache. Says he's doing it for Movember but I'm not so sure. RT (cont) http://t.co/ly7e9gL7
- 16 hours and 17 minutes
- Just finishing dinner w/ Aaron & the @ClinchGear crew. Great meal, great company. http://t.co/3mjDUyG3
- 16 hours and 26 minutes
- My pal @bobbypinson is playing Club Rodeo 2nite in SJ at 9pm. He wrote my walkout song & is great live. Plz go & meet my team--just $10.
- 19 hours and 30 minutes
- Me & @CungLe185 at the fighter meeting. Heading to weigh-ins soon. Not cutting any weight so I'm feeling great. http://t.co/UjyflTbC
- 22 hours and 26 minutes
- Gotta go to @AKA_CungLe in person. Pro shop in @CungLe185 gym. RT @lucasmaatman: @danhendo What (cont) http://t.co/zjVCpYPq
- 1 day and 24 minutes
- Don't forget--if u drop by @AKA_CungLe & pick up an @CungLe185 walkout tee or one of mine u will get a signed pic of each of us!
- 1 day, 1 hour, and 19 minutes
- That's awesome. Thx. RT @BrewMasterMush: @danhendo hendo we came from new york to see you land the H BOMB! can I get a rt?!
- 1 day, 4 hours, and 28 minutes
- Anyone coming to the @ufc weigh-ins today? Think i might drop by.
- 1 day, 4 hours, and 32 minutes
- Thank you RT @Bimb0_Slice: WOAH! Look who is behind me!!! its @danhendo !!!!!!!! WAR HENDO!!!!! (cont) http://t.co/0r906KVf
- 1 day, 4 hours, and 33 minutes
- Nice. If @CungLe185 says meet him at airport that's what u do RT @ClinchGear: @ClinchGear_Int just (cont) http://t.co/jcvvRd3U
- 1 day, 14 hours, and 24 minutes
- Want to say thank you to all my friends @SHOsports -- u treated me like a king & i will always treasure those memories. Was an honor.
- 2 days and 3 minutes
- I think the @ufc will have some at their merchandise booth. RT @Robinyson: @danhendo will there be (cont) http://t.co/dQZmIDsi
- 2 days and 28 minutes
- Me & @CungLe185 just arrived at press conference in San Francisco. I might be underdressed. http://t.co/vw62LRav
- 2 days and 31 minutes
- Signing the event posters at @ufc office http://t.co/V0eajRxl
- 2 days, 2 hours, and 23 minutes
- Thx to @AKA_CungLe for letting us train tonight. Great gym! And thx to @JaneEstioko_ush for staying so late! http://t.co/qcPE5rHQ
- 2 days, 15 hours, and 16 minutes
- Lol. Sweet design. RT @ClinchGear: Check out the new @FilthyTomLawlor Fight Team signature warm-up jackets! http://t.co/CKWIpIVZ
- 2 days, 17 hours, and 1 minute
- Oops. http://t.co/b09ECnmd RT @SpencerBennett_: @danhendo where can we pick up one of your new @ClinchGear shirts?
- 2 days, 18 hours, and 17 minutes
- On the Ferrall Show now on Howard 101. @CungLe185 will be up next.
- 2 days, 18 hours, and 29 minutes
- Awesome! Thx to everyone who is supporting me & @ClinchGear in helping feed the needy on (cont) http://t.co/cIBYmhYp
- 2 days, 20 hours, and 25 minutes
- Took a pic w/ Carie from @Strikeforce -- nice to see her. Everyone treated me. Very well over there. http://t.co/hDdUPv46
- 3 days and 56 seconds
- http://t.co/b09ECnmd RT @JoshHernandez9: “@danhendo: Ran into my old friend @urijahfaber in the (cont) http://t.co/1fmF87Ll
- 3 days and 6 minutes
- Ran into my old friend @urijahfaber in the @ufc office http://t.co/q5RjjkBS
- 3 days and 52 minutes
- Getting lubed up for an @ufc photo shoot. Lol. http://t.co/jqCxj80P
- 3 days, 1 hour, and 20 minutes
- Lol. Not one for predicitions but am pretty sure I'm not gonna win that way. RT @T0_Bee: @danhendo (cont) http://t.co/RFy01Vel
- 3 days, 2 hours, and 17 minutes
- Doing the @ufc media conference call from my hotel room right now. Going CEO-style w/ the bluetooth. http://t.co/2n62d39K
- 3 days, 2 hours, and 46 minutes
- Thx, dude. I really appreciate the support. RT @psyqo78: @IamJPW hey @danhendo is feeding a family (cont) http://t.co/XUfS4szy
- 3 days, 2 hours, and 58 minutes
- Lol RT @ToddsClever: I thought the pic was going to be a shower pic of you and Aaron Rogers! Oops (cont) http://t.co/78aO5g5o
- 3 days, 14 hours, and 58 minutes
- Thanks Lucy. RT @lucypinson: @danhendo I'm so sorry I'm not going to make this one! I'll be pulling (cont) http://t.co/hqSzJcAv
- 3 days, 16 hours, and 32 minutes
- Landed safely in San Jose & heading to hotel. Nice short flight. http://t.co/hz9AzR67
- 3 days, 19 hours, and 6 minutes
- @FilthyTomLawlor is travelling w/ me today. It's like touring w/ a rock star. http://t.co/31vO6vvL
- 3 days, 20 hours, and 39 minutes
- Thx guys RT @MMAWeeklycom: Dan Henderson and Clinch Gear Team Up to Help Needy Families for (cont) http://t.co/S6gXm19H
- 3 days, 23 hours, and 10 minutes
- Those are my picks, too RT @Kevin_M_Nguyen: My picks @danhendo @CungLe185. And faber
- 4 days, 17 hours, and 3 minutes
- RT @SD_Rescue: Buy a T-Shirt before Nov 24, and Clinch Gear will provide a Thanksgiving meal to a (cont) http://t.co/bjqYsxiy
- 4 days, 21 hours, and 54 minutes
- Awesome. RT @PoppaTMH: Day 1 of Hendo week is upon us, ill wear a different @danhendo shirt everyday until his fight on saturday @ClinchGear
- 4 days, 22 hours, and 48 minutes
- Yes, but won't be able to sign them right away--busy week. RT @psyqo78: @danhendo are you still (cont) http://t.co/hNJxZ10T
- 5 days, 19 hours, and 49 minutes
- At least we have @OfficialAJHawk to keep us interested in the @nfl in the @ClinchGear office the rest of the season
- 5 days, 20 hours, and 35 minutes
- Go to http://t.co/b09ECnmd -- there is a banner on home page that u can click. Thx! RT @nolegirl151: (cont) http://t.co/iwS6gnWr
- 5 days, 22 hours, and 56 minutes
- Plz help me & @ClinchGear feed needy families on Thanskiving. http://t.co/FjKSzKLc
- 6 days and 44 minutes
- Lol RT @R_Orzechowski: @danhendo even if Manny got KO'ed in the first he would have been declared (cont) http://t.co/Puw5P5UH
- 6 days, 15 hours, and 1 minute
- Lol. I hear that. RT @coachmezee: @danhendo this is boxing. Probably 120-96 Pac man
- 6 days, 15 hours, and 14 minutes
- Looks like Mayweather is losing a lot of money tonight. RT @jpdotseth: Is tonight floyd mayweathers (cont) http://t.co/oHMBuwTl
- 6 days, 15 hours, and 20 minutes
- Well that makes perfect sense. Lol. RT @IwasBornIn81: @danhendo A UFC fighter and chiropractor. (cont) http://t.co/8h0IgHSw
- 6 days, 20 hours, and 41 minutes
- Who is Jacob Volkmann? RT @IwasBornIn81: @danhendo Why does Jacob Volkmann want to ban Clinch Gear?
- 6 days, 20 hours, and 52 minutes
- 10 min until @JayGlazer goes live on Fuel TV RT @JayGlazer: We got live on FUEL TV in 45 minutes, 7 (cont) http://t.co/8sFPaPQz
- 6 days, 21 hours, and 9 minutes
- Pain RT @M_Sigler: @danhendo Whats your prediction in the Hendo vs Shogun fight?
- 6 days, 22 hours, and 45 minutes
- Wrestling plus striking RT @Artnes17: @danhendo does wrestling or striking prevail tonight?
- 6 days, 23 hours, and 15 minutes
- Nice RT @chuckH4TV: Bellator Featherweight Doug Evans representing @ClinchGear tonight at @BellatorMMA 57 LIVE on @mtv_2 . @danhendo @MTV
- 6 days, 23 hours, and 28 minutes
- Very cool. RT @OsakaFightGear: Repping @ClinchGear at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris. :) @ClinchGearUK (cont) http://t.co/qcv7Pcwc
- 6 days, 23 hours, and 53 minutes
- Happy Veterans Day to all who have served & those who currently serve this amazing country of ours--your courage & patriotism inspires me.
- 1 week, 14 hours, and 52 minutes
- Cain by TKO RT @samson2279: @danhendo @ClinchGear @CungLe185 @ufc Dos Santos vs Velasquez who wins ?
- 1 week, 15 hours, and 44 minutes
- RT @ClinchGear: @CungLe185 check out your @ufc 139 tee hot off the @ClinchGear presses-- actual (cont) http://t.co/SKkDmM3Q
- 1 week, 16 hours, and 41 minutes
- Thx so much @rumgoddess -- I really appreciate it. RT @rumgoddess: @danhendo so excited, just (cont) http://t.co/V7nuyjGa
- 1 week, 1 day, 13 hours, and 9 minutes
- Happy birthday to the USMC! Thanks to every Marine who has served this country over the past 236 years.
- 1 week, 2 days, and 20 minutes
- Cardio this AM--last @VersaClimber workout before @ufc 139. Did 2981 ft in 15 min with max heart rate of 182. http://t.co/eAeJKfKK
- 1 week, 2 days, 1 hour, and 28 minutes
- Thx @DDejam -- now I respect @DickieV even more & agree w/ him & @JayGlazer RT @DDejam: (cont) http://t.co/9gIo5k2J
- 1 week, 2 days, 11 hours, and 46 minutes
- Agreed. Why is @JayGlazer the only member of media to ask this question? RT @JayGlazer: How is (cont) http://t.co/Px7518pS
- 1 week, 2 days, 13 hours, and 6 minutes
- Those bags look a bit too full. RT @ClinchGear: Hard not to love your job when people like (cont) http://t.co/3PQOr7Fw
- 1 week, 2 days, 16 hours, and 1 minute