Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua will head into the Nov. showdown as a -160 favorite, with the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson coming back as a slight underdog at +130.
“Both fighters are legends in the sport, both fighters still near the top of their game. I think there’s a good chance this fight stays on the feet, and even though both have shown granite chins, someones getting knocked out,” Kalikas said. “I think -160 for Rua is a fair spot to open but wouldn’t be surprised if we see the initial action coming in on Hendo.
“Rua has several advantages on the feet, but has to tread cautiously as Henderson only needs one punch.”
Henderson moves over to the UFC after his recent victory over former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. He is the latest Strikeforce champion to defect to the UFC, leaving only Gilbert Melendez and Luke Rockhold as title holders in the promotion, outside of the women’s divisions.
Rua just recently lost his UFC light heavyweight title to current champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, but bounced back in a big way finishing Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 last month in Brazil.
The two light heavyweights will square off in the main event of UFC 139 set to happen in San Jose on Nov 19.