UFC 139 Fight Card: Would Rua vs. Henderson Been Good for a First Fight on FOX?

Sal DeRoseCorrespondent INovember 20, 2011

They say hindsight is 20/20 and after a good showing for UFC on FOX 1 that was beat by a great and epic main event at UFC 139, it seems to be very true.

Dan Henderson and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua dueled to basically the death while Junior dos Santos knocked out Cain Velasquez in just slightly over a minute.

People are going to sit here and say that it should have been, but that is after watching the fight.

Who would have known Cain Velasquez versus Junior dos Santos wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining as the five round war Henderson and Shogun put on?

If we could go back in time it absolutely should be the headlining fight knowing what we know now, but at the time we didn't.

The blood pouring out of Shogun's face could have been a huge problem anyway. 

The fight itself though would have been a spectacular showcase to fans, it had everything. Ground-and-pound, submission attempts, near knockouts, it was like playing UFC Undisputed.

Knowing what we know now, yes this fight would have been epic and would have bested Forrest Griffin versus Stephan Bonnar for the most meaningful fight in UFC history. By far too, seeing as this fight showed even more heart than that one.

I didn't even think that was possible.

In the end they both put on a great show and knowing now that I possibly watched one of the best fights in UFC and MMA history is good enough.


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