UFC 139 Results: 5 Questions We Still Have About Dan Henderson
Dan “Hendo” Henderson showed that he can stand and trade with any fighter in the world at UFC 139 last night. His fight with Shogun Rua may go down as one of the greatest fights in UFC history, if not MMA history.
Hendo is relentless inside the cage and for that reason is a huge fan favorite. He may look like a hockey player, but he fights like a true warrior. Dan Henderson looked a little bit gassed in the 4th and 5th rounds last night, but nobody wanted to see that fight end.
Dan Henderson seems to have assured himself a shot at gold with the win last night. Many questions, however, still remain about the 41-year-old fighter.
5. Is His Stamina an Issue?
Dan Henderson looks to knock his opponent out early in every fight that he is in and most of the time he succeeds. One problem in his game was pointed out multiple times last night: Hendo’s stamina was called into question.
Henderson came out swinging for the fences like he always does at UFC 139. Rua was up for the challenge and the two traded blow for blow throughout the fight. After Hendo was up three rounds after three it seemed as if he had just ran a marathon.
Joe Rogan mentioned multiple times that he looked exhausted and he was clearly right. Henderson held on in the 4th and 5th rounds and avoided the loss, but still many questioned his gas tank.
Shogun had many chances to finish the fight, but he was extremely tired himself. Henderson may want to look for some conditioning help for his next fight.
4. Will Age Ever Catch Up?
Dan Henderson has found the fountain of youth and has been drinking the sweet liquid for quite some time now. The 41-year-old Henderson seems to be getting better, if that makes any sense at all. He still has the ability to knock anyone and everyone out.
The former Greco Roman master is truly a mystery when it comes to getting old. Henderson has won seven of his last eight fights and continues to defeat greats in the sport. Age has seemed to be just a number when it comes to Hendo, but will his age ever catch up to him?
We have all seen what age has done to guys like Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell, and Mirko Cro Cop, but will Hendo fade off into the sunset like those greats? Hendo is god’s gift to MMA and he may be fighting until he is at least 50.
3. Should He Fight for the Title?
The obvious answer to this question is: Yes, of course he should fight for the title. One problem may arise though. Rashad Evans has been guaranteed a title shot. (Like four times) Evans has been waiting and waiting for a shot at Jon Jones, but every time the fight is about to get scheduled something weird happens like Jones picks a different fighter or Evans gets injured.
Henderson may have to play the waiting game himself if he wants his next fight to be for the title. One viable option would be to have Evans fight Henderson for a shot at the Light Heavyweight crown.
If Hendo would choose to wait around for a title shot, then he may be on a long layoff. He should have fought Jones for the title before he ever had a chance to fight Shogun simply because he was the reigning Strikeforce Champion.
Thank God that didn’t happen or we would have never been treated to a true classic between PRIDE veterans.
2. Should He Drop to Middleweight?
Dan Henderson has fought anywhere from Middleweight all the way to Heavyweight. His last two losses have come at Middleweight to former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Jake Shields and current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva.
A drop to Middleweight may make sense if he would have to wait around for a shot at the Light Heavyweight strap. Hendo put up a great fight against Anderson Silva and I’m sure he wouldn’t pass on another chance at the Spider.
Hendo has seen success in every weight class he has ever been in. A drop to Middleweight may piss off teammate Chael Sonnen, but c’mon we want to see a Hendo/Silva rematch before we see another Sonnen/Silva rematch.
1. Did Hendo Actually Beat Rua?
The fight between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest fights in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, but did Dan Henderson actually win the fight?
The entire fight was entertaining and I believe it is agreed upon that Hendo won the first three rounds and lost the last two. The judge’s scorecards all gave the nod to Dan Henderson 48-47. The one glaring problem with that is that it seemed to look like Shogun won the fifth round 10-8. No judge however scored it that way, not one.
Shogun was in full mount basically the entire fifth round and was trying not to leave it in the judge’s hands. Nobody is questioning whether or not Shogun won the fifth round, but the question is how dominant was he?
Many experts believe that the fight should have been ruled a draw and they may be right. It’s insane that these two had never fought before last night and if fans have it their way we may be watching a rematch in the very near future.