Henderson came back from being down two rounds to none, landing a powerful right hand that began the end of the contest, which ended at 1:31 of the third round.
“This one probably means more than most,” Henderson said in his post-fight interview.”I was a little too patient I think in the beginning of the fight and it just means a lot more to me than most fights to fight and beat a guy like Shogun.”
The card’s featured bout started with both competitors being calculated, staying patient in looking for striking opportunities. Henderson landed a left hook, but Shogun countered with a strike combination of his own, dropping his opponent to the floor. The rounded ended with Henderson on his back and Rua mounting him, landing strikes from top position.
Henderson attempted a takedown early in the second round, but awkwardly fell forward without accomplishing the shot. Later, Shogun landed an strong uppercut that dropped Henderson again. After some brief inactivity on the ground with Rua in Henderson’s guard, referee Herb Dean stood the fighters up, where the bout remained through the end of the round.
As the two exited a clinch in the third round, Henderson threw a massive right hand that connected with Rua’s nose. Shogun fell back and Henderson followed that up with another punch and a number of hammer fists. The referee stopped the fight and Henderson walked away with his hands raised as Rua fell to his back, clearly shaken by the barrage of punches.
The Fight Night 38 main event was a rematch of Henderson’s and Shogun’s first fight at UFC 139 in November 2011, wherein Henderson won a unanimous decision.
With the win, Henderson stops a three-fight losing streak. His last two wins have both come against Rua.
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