Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua did not fail to live up to its hype.
In one of the most exciting bouts in UFC history, Henderson and Rua went to war in a bout that showed great skill and heart from both competitors.
However, it should be acknowledged that Rua got ripped off.
And this wasn't just a questionable decision. It was one of the worst in UFC history.
The first three rounds saw each fighter landing many blows, but Henderson got off more and landed more blows of serious consequence. Henderson should have, and did, win the first three rounds.
Things changed in the fourth round. Shogun caught Henderson badly, and put him in serious danger toward the end of the round.
He far outstruck Henderson, and the judges, correctly, gave Rua that round.
The real problem is with the final round. All of the judges gave the round to Rua, but only gave it Rua a 10-9 round.
This was not one of those cases where either a 10-8 or 10-9 round for Rua would have been reasonable. The round should have been a unanimous 10-8 round.
Frankly, there have been very few rounds as lopsided as Rua's fifth round over Dan Henderson.
According to fightmetric, he landed 27 power shots to zero. In total shots, Rua landed 78 total shots to eight.
For comparisons sake: That's only four fewer significant blows to the head than Junior dos Santos landed in his opening round against Roy Nelson. And Rua landed far more total blows than JDS did.
The main event will primarily be remembered for how incredible a fight it was. It is easily one of the best five fights in UFC history, if not the very best. It truly as an incredible fight.
But it should be noted that the judging for this fight was some of the absolute worst in MMA history, and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua did, in fact, get robbed of a rightful 47-47 draw.