An epic fight and an epic win for Dan Henderson; another name he can place on his resume.
Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva grace that resume, and at UFC 139, Henderson perhaps had his best fighting display ever.
There were no winners or losers here though. Both fighters dug in and held their ground, going back and forth. Heck, it even surprised the fighters.
"This was certainly a great fight. I can't believe it went five rounds. I don't know how the judges scored the last round. It could have been or should have been a 10-8 round," Shogun said in a press release obtained by Bleacher Report.
"But that doesn't take anything away from Dan Henderson. He is a legend and those are the type of fights that create a legacy. I'm going to rest with my family now and take care of myself. Then I'm going to go back and look at the tapes. I want a rematch, and I think this would be another great battle and one the fans would definitely want to see."
I can see what Shogun is saying, and I feel this should have been a draw. But hey, the fight was awesome, and I certainly won't complain after watching the best fight I probably have ever seen.
Even Henderson, who has been in numerous great fights, loved it.
"He [Shogun] can take a punch! He’s got a hard head. I thought I was going to finish him. He is some kind of tough. I thought I won the fight," said Henderson in the press release. "I thought I won the first four rounds, three easily. I was confident before the decision was announced. I would have been very surprised if that decision did not go my way."
"If I didn’t think I had the fight won, I would have tried to get on my feet that last round. He did do a good job of staying on top. He tucked his head in nice. I tried to finish him, he just tired me out. I thought I was one or two punches away. I thought I had him. I want the 205-lbs title, and think I should be next in line for a shot."
Maybe the title shot is too much to ask for right now, but both fighters threw until they had no more, and gave us fans a great display of heart and toughness that lasted five rounds.
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