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Shogun Rua Tabbed to Welcome Dan Henderson Back at UFC 139

Posted on by Erik Fontanez

Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have verbally agreed to face off at UFC 139 on Nov. 19, MMAWeekly.com has learned.

Independent sources confirmed the fight, which will stand as Henderson’s return to the organization after defeating Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce.

The bout will likely be the new main event for the card that saw its prior main event between heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and no. 1 contender Junior dos Santos get moved to the main event of the Nov. 12 UFC on Fox fight card.

Henderson’s return will signal the start of his third tenure in the UFC after recently spending some time in Strikeforce, where he won the organization’s light heavyweight crown in March. At 41 years old, Henderson remains a viable competitor at both middleweight and light heavyweight, and will look to hold the same status in his return to the Las Vegas-based organization.

Rua is coming off a win over Forrest Griffin in a rematch at UFC 134, where he knocked out the TUF season 1 winner in the first round. Despite winning the light heavyweight title in May of 2010, Rua has seen mixed results during his time in the UFC with a record of 4-3. A fight with Henderson shows the road back to the title isn’t one traveled lightly, but it ensures a great match-up.

MMAWeekly.com will have more updates on the UFC 139 as more information becomes available.


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  • http://MMAWeekly.com Ken Pishna

    Wow! No comments on this one yet? That’s surprising. I thought people would be going ga ga on this one and playing the Strikeforce death march.

    I actually think this a better return fight for Hendo than all the talk about him rematching Anderson Silva again. Not that he automatically wins against Shogun, I just think it’s a better match-up and I like Hendo fighting at 205.

    • Mario

      LOL

      I was simply a little late is all. But I definitely agree with you on that one. I don’t like the idea of guys rematching one another.

      I prefer the idea of guys fighting one another for the first time. Mega stars like Shogun and Hendo, even at the age of 41, is still a huge match-up.

      I love seeing these dream-like fights come to fruition.

      I cannot wait for this one!

      But what happens to that 205 belt in SF now?

      Geez.

    • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

      Well I usually comment on who will win but this one is too close to call! I think it depends alot on what gameplan Dan Henderson decides to go with.

      This is a bummer for Luke Rockhold though because being champion didn’t guarantee Henderson a title shot in the UFC, so there is a good chance it wont for him either.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002066133881 vincewatkins

      i think he can beat silva but your right he needs to stay at 205

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000503485829 jasontracey

    I like Dan but Shogun has started his run to becoming the next Champ…BAMMM WAR SHOGUN

  • izuna_drop

    amazing that i get to see two of my favorite Pride stars (and also guys who have held the PFC titles) who never fought each other in that organization fight now in the UFC.

    • izuna_drop

      oh and it would have made for an amazing main event for the next UFC Japan.

  • onestepatatime1212

    UFC U DONE IT AGAIN! WHEN I WAS THINKING OF HENDOS RETURN I THOUGHT MACHIDA I STILL THINK SOMETHING IS GOING ON WITH MACHIDA SINCE THEY HAVE NOT GAVE HIM A MATCH YET ARE THEY WAITING FOR PHIL DAVIS TO GET HEALTHY??? IF SO KOO AS LONG AS MACHIDA FACES JONES THATS ALL I WANT

  • onestepatatime1212

    AND ONE MORE THINK FUCK HENDO VS SIVA AND SONNEN VS SILVA HE FINISHED BOTH OF THEM THEY DIDN’T GO 2 DECISIONS HE BEAT THEM WHY THE FUCK WOULD U WANNA FIGHT THEM AGAIN IF YOUR SILVA U MOVE ON U HAD YOUR CHANCE AND U LOST BEFORE ANY OF THEM SHOULD EVER GET A REMATCH U NEED TO FACE ST PIERRE

    • onebad

      r u mentally challenged? why is everything u say capitalized and stupid? this is the stupidest comment I’ve ever seen in internet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000454823567 ericbrainard

    Great Match up. I would like to see Hendo win but Shogun is a tough return to the Octagon for Dan. Still… Going for Henderson!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002066133881 vincewatkins

    hendo vs shogun that will be 1 hell of a fight wont go the distance i like them both but i think hendo has just been rollen over every1 no1 is safe from that right or left and hes never been kod or tkod go hendo

  • jared499

    Ken, the death march is on. As you know Showtime does not have much longer to decide if they want to extend the contract, at if they do not it will be the end for SF as we know it.

    I still think that Zuffa should keep the brand for the Up and Comers to fight on. The low-mid level guys make less money so the cost of the shows will be significantly lower to produce. Plus sooner rather then later the UFC is going to have to many fighters under contract to keep them all fiting consistently. If fighters are not fighting 3-4 times per year or have long layoffs between fights, I think we are going to see more injuries then we see now, which is a lot to begin with. As well the fights will not be as good due to ring rust, ask Shogun (vs Forrest), Lesnar (vs Carwin), and the list goes on.

    The whole time I said have Sf do shows on free tv to build the fighters fan base and then move them to the big PPV shows. When all is said and done, with all the talent the UFC has on the roster, the PPV that we all pay money for will be filled with only high caliber fights.