“UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson” took place Saturday inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Dan Henderson made his return to the big leagues against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the night’s featured attraction. Cung Le stepped into the Octagon for the first time in his career to face Wanderlei Silva in the card’s co-main event.
Former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Brian Bolwes will also collide.
Here are the official results and play-by-play from tonight’s show:
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Danny Castillo Defeated Shamar Bailey via TKO (Strikes) at 4:52 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Castillo slips to the ground and Bailey tries to capitalize. Unfortunately for him, Castillo ends up in top position and has remained there for much of the round. Not much damage being inflicted, though. Bailey gets to his feet, but Castillo slams him back to the mat. Castillo starts unleashing some ground-and-pound and advances to full-mount. Castillo continues to lay the lumber and the fight is called.
Seth Baczynski Defeated Matt Brown via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at :42 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Baczynski has him clinched against the cage and is working hard for a takedown. He finally puts Brown on his back. Brown slips out the backdoor and they are back to their feet. Baczynski tags him with a left hand. Baczynski, 10-9.
2ndRound: Brown gets a takedown, but lands in Baczynski’s arm-in guillotine choke. Baczynski quickly switches hands and now has a clean guillotine secured. Brown trying hard to get loose, though he can’t and is forced to tap.
Miguel Torres Defeated Nick Pace via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: The bantamweights are feeling each other out for much of the opening minutes. Torres scores with a right hand. And another. Pace goes on the attack and connects on two knees to the midsection. Pace has the former WEC champ pressed against the fence and is working hard for a takedown. Torres goes for a standing kimura and they scramble free. Torres lands a right hand and head kick to end the round. Torres, 10-9.
2ndRound: Torres doing a good job of using his reach advantage. He’s a little overzealous with his attack and Pace plants him on his back. Torres is more active on the ground despite his inferior position. They get to their feet and Torres has him clinched against the cage. Torres landing knees to his body and head. Torres, 10-9.
3rdRound: Pace is having a tough time closing the distance. Not much damage inflicted by either 135-pounder in this round. Pace forges ahead, but Torres presses him against the fence.
Gleison Tibau Defeated Rafael Dos Anjos via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
1stRound: Tibau takes the center of the cage, though not much action from either fighter. Tibau tags him with a right hand. Rafael Dias secures a takedown for a brief second. Close round to score, Tibau, 10-9.
2ndRound: This is pretty much a sparring session, with neither doing much damage. Tibau stuns him with a big left hand and is unloading bombs. Tibau connects on more powerful punches, but Dos Anjos doesn’t go down. Dos Anjos survives the onslaught. Tibau, 10-9.
3rdRound: Dos Anjos connects with a left to start the final stanza. He seems to have recovered from the 2ndRound beating. Tibau gets a takedown with two minutes remaining. They quickly get back to their feet and clinch against the fence. That was another close one to score. It will come down to how the judges saw the bookend rounds. Tibau, 10-9, and wins a razor-thin decision, 29-28.
Chris Weidman Defeated Tom Lawlor via Submission (D’arce Choke) at 2:07 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Weidman gets a takedown less than a minute into the middleweight bout. They tussle on the ground and Weidman secures a D’arce choke. Lawlor refuses to tap and is put to sleep.
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Michael McDonald Defeated Alex Soto via KO (Strikes) at :56 in the 1stRound
1stRound: McDonald drops him with a vicious right hand. Soto gets to his feet and his trying to survive the barrage. Soto gets rocked again and gets put to sleep against the fence.
Ryan Bader Defeated Jason Brilz via KO (Punch) at 1:17 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Bader does his best Michael McDonald impersonation and quickly puts Brilz to bed with a right hand.
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Stephan Bonnar Defeated Kyle Kingsbury via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)
1stRound: Kingsbury connects on a left hook. Bonnar answers with a right of his own. Time is called after Kingsbury takes a kick to the groin. Game on. Both landing good shots in the clinch. Bonnar gets him to the canvas and lands in side-control. Good ground-and-pound from Bonnar to close out the round. Bonnar, 10-9.
2ndRound: Bonnar gets him to the mat within a minute and starts to put in work from side-control. Bonnar dominated the stanza, but didn’t unleash any damage too devastating.
3rdRound: Kingsbury gets dragged to the ground immediately. There is a clear disparity in the light heavyweight’s respective ground games. This round looks very similar to the first. The loudest cheers from the crowd come when Bonnar moves to north-south position.
Martin Kampmann Defeated Rick Story via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
1stRound: They both coming out exchanging leather and Story is getting the better of the shootout. Kampmann is cut above his right eye. Story is now bloodied by his right eye. Story landed countless body shots throughout the round. Close round, but I got Story, 10-9.
2ndRound: Kampmann gets him with an overhand right. Story continues to work the body. Kampmann starting to pick him apart, now he takes him to the ground. Kampmann trying for an arm-triangle choke. Story’s face is bloodied. Kampmann, 10-9.
3rdRound: Story comes out with much more aggression than in the middle round. He tags him with two big body shots. Kampmann gets a brief takedown. Story now gets a quick takedown. Kampmann has him clinched against the fence and picks him up for a slam, he didn’t quite complete it, though. Story gets another quick takedown. Kampmann takes his back and is working for a rear-naked choke as the horn blares. Kampmann, 10-9 and takes a close fight, 29-28.
Urijah Faber Defeated Brian Bowles via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:27 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Both throwing big shots, but nothing has landed for either in the first two minutes. Faber nails him with some body shots and follows up with a combination. Faber picks him up and slams him to the ground. Faber now stands over him and eats an up-kick. Faber, 10-9.
2ndRound: Faber lands a vicious uppercut that dazes Bowles and he goes in for the kill. He’s unleashing a barrage of strikes, but Bowles surviving. Faber tags him with two big elbows to the head. Faber locks in a guillotine choke and Bowles is forced to cry uncle.
Wanderlei Silva Defeated Cung Le via KO (Punches) at 2:49 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Silva is very conscious of Le’s kicks. He hits Le with a couple of shots. Le dazes him with a spinning back-fist and follows up with a kick to the head. Le is bleeding above his right eye. Le has thrown every kick in the book thus far. Silva found his confidence after he started landing kicks of his own. Silva goes on the attack to close out the round. Fairly close five minutes to score. Le, 10-9.
2ndRound: Le nails him with a big right hand. Silva catches him with a right hook. “The Axe Murderer” forges ahead and connects on an uppercut. Le hits him with a side-kick to the sternum. Silva drops him with a right hand and goes in for the kill. Le tries to take him down, but Silva unleashes countless knees to the head. Le is surviving and gets floored again with a knee to the dome. Silva pounces and the fight is called. It appeared to be an early stoppage, but Le was dazed and confused.
They just showed a closeup of Le’s face and his nose is going in multiple directions.
Dan Henderson Defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
1stRound: Henderson drops him with a nasty right hand, while Shogun goes for a takedown to try and buy time. Henderson attempts a guillotine choke, but lets it go to unload bombs. Shogun is eating several big punches and emerges a bloody mess. Henderson floors him again with a right. Henderson now gets knocked down with a right hand, though survives. There is no way this is going to the 5thRound. Henderson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Shogun looks a little pudgier around the stomach area than in past fights. Henderson connects with a massive right hook and uppercut combination. Shogun’s mug is busted up. Shogun answers with a one-two combo but they don’t have much power behind them. Henderson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Hendo is on the hunt and Shogun counters with a kick to the body. Henderson floors him with an overhand right and pounces. Henderson’s methodical with his attack and Shogun attempts a heel hook. Shogun’s face is JACKED. Shogun has the heart of a champion. He takes Henderson down for a brief moment. Henderson, 10-9.
4thRound: Shogun takes Henderson down, but Hendo spins free and almost locks in a rear-naked choke. They are back on their feet. Henderson plants him on his back for a brief moment. Shogun rocks him with a right uppercut and takes him down. He immediately moves to full-mount, but Henderson escapes. WHAT A FIGHT!!! Shogun, 10-9.
5thRound: Henderson still looks tipsy. Shogun takes him down and ends up in side-control. He unleashes a knee to the body. Shogun advances to full-mount and is dropping punches. The Brazilian remained in the position for the rest of the round, but he just couldn’t finish a winded Henderson. That was an amazing fight. Shogun, 10-9.
This could be controversial. It will be interesting to see if any of the judges scored any of the rounds 10-8. I got Henderson 48-47, but thankfully I’m no judge.