- Saturday 01.17.2009
- U.S. Broadcast: Pay Per View
- Promotion: Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Ownership: Zuffa, LLC
- Venue: 02 Arena
- Location: Dublin, Ireland
- Enclosure: Octagon
- TV Announcers: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Ring Announcer: Bruce Buffer
- Post-Fight Interviews: Joe Rogan
- Ticket Revenue (live gate): $1,300,000
- Attendance: 9,369
- PPV Buys / Buyrate: 350,000 | TV Ratings:
- MMA Bouts: 10
Honors & Awards
Fight of the NightMaurício Rua vs. Mark Coleman II | $40,000 bonus to each fighter
Submission of the NightAlan Belcher vs. Denis Kang | $40,000 bonus to Belcher
Fight of the NightChris Lytle vs. Marcus Davis | $40,000 bonus to each fighter
Knockout of the NightDennis Siver vs. Nate Mohr | $40,000 bonus to Siver
Henderson vs. Franklin (10), Belcher vs. Kang (7), Schafer vs. Mendes (3)
Rua vs. Coleman II (9), Kampmann vs. Barros (4), Siver vs. Mohr (1)
Palhares vs. Horn (8), Drwal vs. Serati (2)
Lytle vs. Davis (6), Hathaway vs. Egan (5)
UFC 93 Wiki Update Wiki
After a successful light heavyweight return to form against Matt Hamill in September of 2008, former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin took a step up in competition by fighting Dan Henderson at 205lbs. in the main event of UFC 93, which was the first UFC event of 2009. In a razor-close decision that is disputed to this day, Henderson defeated Franklin and earned himself a coaching spot opposite the U.K.’s Michael Bisping on TUF 9.
In the co-main event, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua got back into the win column by avenging his loss to Mark Coleman with a third-round TKO that featured both men heavily winded.
The main event between Franklin and Henderson drew some controversy, as Henderson not only accidentally head butted Franklin during the fight, but also gouged his eye, which required surgery, in the third and final round.
Videos & Highlights
Promo Video | UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson video promo report dead link
Watch this promo video for the UFC 93 Rich Franklin vs. Dan Henderson fight.