Now Henderson finds himself back in the UFC against a Pride legend whom he came very close to fighting in Pride—Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Would a loss really matter? Would Henderson's legacy be tarnished?
A win means another big name notched on his belt, but a loss is pretty much just another loss to a great Brazilian.
It isn't a title fight or a No. 1 contender's bout—although there have been discussions that he could get a shot at Anderson Silva with a win eventually.
Henderson already holds numerous career wins over top opponents. Fedor, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva and Rich Franklin.
A loss here doesn't mean much. I mean, Henderson already has eight losses. What it means most is that Henderson couldn't get back to earning a UFC title shot.
Even if Henderson did make it that far, would he really stand all that much of a chance against Jon Jones?
Henderson has a great legacy, and a loss to Shogun wouldn't tarnish it. Shogun is a top fighter, and there is no shame in losing to someone like Shogun.
All it means is Henderson couldn't get back to a UFC title shot.
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