If you were lucky enough to witness UFC 139 either live in San Jose, Calif., or on pay-per-view Saturday, you got to witness one of the greatest—if not the greatest—fights in UFC history. The fight was so epic that we must see these two warriors go toe-to-toe again as soon as possible.
Over the course of five grueling and epic rounds, Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua put on a fight that showed everything that mixed martial arts is about.
In the first round, Rua endured a brutal onslaught from the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Henderson that would have had nearly any other fighter laying on the mat unconscious. However, Rua displayed an extraordinary amount of heart and survived, bloody and bruised.
For the next three rounds, both fighters gave as much as they took. Each fighter landed solid punches that had the other in trouble. Henderson did get the upper hand at one point when he blasted Rua while he was on his back and nearly ended the fight. But not only was Shogun able to survive, he almost locked in a heel hook that could have ended the fight.
Come the fifth and final round, both fighters were visibly spent, but it ended up being Shogun that had the few extra drops of gas in the tank. Rua was able to take the former Olympian down and put a beating on him in what could have easily been a 10-8 round.
When the final scores were announced, all three judges scored the bout 48-47 in favor of Henderson. But in all reality, there were three winners: Henderson, Rua and all MMA fans.
After witnessing such an epic war, is there any doubt that we won't see them battling it out inside the Octagon again? With as great as this fight was, one would be hard-pressed to find a better fight to headline UFC on FOX 2.
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