Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Dan Henderson fought to what most consider the Fight of the Year when they threw down for five rounds at UFC 139 in late 2011. Fans have been clamoring for a rematch ever since, and now they’ll get it at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 38 in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
The fighters stepped on the scale at weigh-in at Ginasio Nelio Dias on Saturday, finally making the 12-bout fight card official.
Neither main eventer typically has issues making weight, and neither did on Saturday. Henderson stepped on the scale at 202 pounds, three pounds below the 205 limit. Shogun, meanwhile, was dead-on at 205 pounds, giving their fight the green light.
Ronny Markes, who faces Thiago Santos on the FOX Sports 1 televised preliminary card, came in well above the mark for his middleweight fight. He weighed in at 190 pounds, a full four pounds over the 186-pound limit for a non-title fight. He was given one hour to lose the extra weight. If he is unsuccessful, Markes will forfeit 20-percent of his fight purse.
Main Card Bouts (on FOX Sports 1):
Mauricio Shogun Rua (205) vs. Dan Henderson (202)
Cezar Ferreira (185) vs. CB Dollaway (184)
Leonardo Santos (155) vs. Norman Parke (156)
Fabio Maldonado (203) vs. Gian Villante (204)
Michel Prazeres (155) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (155)
Rony Jason (145) vs. Steven Siler (146)
Preliminary Bouts (on UFC FOX Sports 1):
Diego Brandao (144) vs. Will Chope (146)
Ronny Markes (190) vs. Thiago Santos (183)
Jussier Formiga (125) vs. Scott Jorgensen (125)
Thiago Perpetuo (170) vs. Kenny Robertson (171)
Preliminary Bouts (on UFC Fight Pass):
Francimar Barroso (204) vs. Hans Stringer (204)
Godofredo Pepey (145) vs. Noad Lahat (145)
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