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UFC 139 Results: What a Mauricio "Shogun" Rua Win Means for the LHW Division

MONTREAL- MAY 8: Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua (L) looks at Lyoto Machida in their light heavyweight bout at UFC 113 at Bell Centre on May 8, 2010 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Sal DeRoseCorrespondent INovember 20, 2011

Since winning the title against Lyoto Machida, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has won and lost his last two fights.

Jon Jones demolished Shogun at UFC 128 in New Jersey and then at UFC 134 he was able to avenge his loss to Forrest Griffin in classic Shogun form.

Shogun now fights another light heavyweight legend in Dan Henderson.

Henderson is coming off of a big win against MMA legend, Fedor Emelianenko, at the end of July and now finds himself across the cage from Shogun.

Two Pride veterans face off tonight and only one will emerge victorious.

Of course a win means a lot for Shogun. He is seemingly only one or two wins away from once again fighting for the light heavyweight title and possibly avenging his loss to Jones.

A win here could help set Rashad Evans back even further. With Evans sidelined and taking another fight before he fights either Machida or Jones, he could once again be bumped down in favor for another opponent.

Shogun could very well be that opponent, but after seeing his last fight against Jones, it leaves one to wonder, would he stand a better chance this time around?

Probably not, but with a win tonight Shogun could very well catapult his way to the front of the light heavyweight title shot line.

Be sure to stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all things UFC 139. B/R is your home for complete coverage of the November 19 fight card, from pre-fight predictions to in-fight coverageresults and post-fight analysis.

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