UFC 139 Play-by-Play: Shogun Rua vs. Dan Henderson

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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Dan Henderson

Round 1:  With a touch of the gloves, the main event is underway.  Rua lands first with an inside leg kick.  Henderson may have hurt Rua.  Rua goes for a takedown.  Henderson tries to apply a guillotine choke.  Rua getting bombed on while against the cage.  Henderson lands a right hand that knocks Rua down.  Rua is cut and bleeding.  Henderson just tosses Rua to the ground and lets him back up.  Rua lands a knee to the body.  Henderson throws a combination but Rua covers.  Rua clinches and tries to take Henderson down.  Rua lands a right hand as the fighters separated.  Henderson has his righthand cocked and loaded.  Rua lands an uppercut.  Rua lands a right hand that knocks Henderson down.  Henderson goes for a takedown and eats punches.  Henderson gets to his feet and lands a right hand.  Rua misses with an uppercut.  Henderson lands a counter right hand.  Rua moves in and clinches Henderson against the cage.  The round ends and what a round it was.  MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 2:  They take the center of the Octagon.  Rua lands an overhand right.  The two exchange jabs before clinching.  Rua presses Henderson against the fence and works knees to Henderson’s legs.  They separate.  Henderson rushes in and lands a big uppercut and right hand.  Rua covers up and lands a right hand counter.  They both miss with big right hands.  Rua lands a combination.  Rua pushes forward with arm punches and presses Henderson against the fence.  Henderson spins him and lets his hands go.  Rua responds with punches.  They clinch.  Henderson is pressing Rua against the cage and landing knees to the Brazilian legs.  The referee separates them.  Rua lands a right hand.  They’re standing toe-to-toe and throwing bombs.  Henderson lands a couple of dirty boxing uppercuts.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 3:  Slow start to the round.  Rua misses with a combination.  They exchange uppercuts.  Henderson presses forward, landing an uppercut but gets staggered by a counter right hand.  Rua tries to take Henderson down but Henderson defends it.  Henderson lands a huge right hand that knocks Rua down.  He swoops in to finish with a series of punches.  Rua is in trouble.  Rua attacks a leg at the midway mark in the round.  Henderson frees himself and both fighters are back on their feet.  Shogun is a bloody mess.  They clinch with Rua presses for a single leg takedown.  Henderson lands short eblows to the side of his head.  Rua gets the takedown and lands several right hands.  Henderson stands and Rua takes his back.  Henderson looks up at the clock.  Rua peppers his body with punches.  Rua lands a combination as they break.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Henderson.

Round 4:  Rua shoots in for a single leg and gets it.  He lands left hooks as Henderson gets up.  Rua takes him down again but Henderson applies a crucifix and went for a rear naked choke.  They scramble and are back to their feet.  Shogun lands an uppercut.  Henderson secures a double leg takedown and lands into side control.  Rua gets to half guard.  Henderson is working on a one-arm guillotine.  Henderson lets it go.  Rua gets back to full guard.  Henderson stands and lands a right hand.  Rua rolls and gets to his feet.  There’s two minutes remaining in the round.  Rua lands an uppercut.  Big uppercut by Rua that hurts Henderson.  Henderson goes for the takedown.  Henderson back to his feet and Rua lands a solid right hand.  Henderson looks extremely tired.  His hands are low and Rua takes advantage with a left hook.  Rua takes him down and moves to the mount position.  Rua takes his back.  Henderson gains top position.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Rua.

Round 5:  Henderson’s corner suggests he clinch and not exchange between rounds.  Henderson rushes in and eats an uppercut.  Rua gets a takedown and lands in side control.  Knee to the body lands by Rua, and another.  Rua moves to the mount position and postures up and starts landing punches.  Henderson ties him up briefly.  Rua postures up again and lands a series of punches.  Henderson gets back to half guard.  Rua gets the mount againt with three minutes remaining.  Henderson gives up his back after eating a few hammer fists.  Rua takes his back.  Henderson moves back to half guard before being mounted again.  Rua lands a few solid punches.  He mounts Henderson.  Rua lands short right hands to Henderson’s head.  Rua gets a burst of energy and lands hammer fists.  Rua moves back to the mount position and lands right hands.  Rua postures up.  Henderson scrambles.  Rua moves to side control and back to the mount.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-8 for Rua.  The judges will decide.

The judges scorecards all read 48-47 for Dan Henderson by unanimous decision.

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