“UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson” took place Saturday night inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
Although the pay-per-view broadcast didn’t receive as much hoopla as previous fight cards, it was one of the most unforgettable shows in MMA history. A spectacular light heavyweight shootout between Dan Henderson (Pictured) and Mauricio Shogun Rua headlined the festivities.
After 25 thrilling minutes, Henderson walked away with a unanimous decision victory.
Quick Results (Play-by-Play):
Danny Castillo Defeated Shamar Bailey via TKO (Strikes) at 4:52 in the 1stRound
Seth Baczynski Defeated Matt Brown via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at :42 in the 2ndRound
Miguel Torres Defeated Nick Pace via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Gleison Tibau Defeated Rafael Dos Anjos via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Chris Weidman Defeated Tom Lawlor via Submission (D’arce Choke) at 2:07 in the 1stRound
Michael McDonald Defeated Alex Soto via KO (Strikes) at :56 in the 1stRound
Ryan Bader Defeated Jason Brilz via KO (Punch) at 1:17 in the 1stRound
Stephan Bonnar Defeated Kyle Kingsbury via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)
Martin Kampmann Defeated Rick Story via Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Urijah Faber Defeated Brian Bowles via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:27 in the 2ndRound
Wanderlei Silva Defeated Cung Le via KO (Punches) at 2:49 in the 2ndRound
Dan Henderson Defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Fight of the Night:
Dan Henderson, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le ($70,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Urijah Faber ($70,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Michael McDonald ($70,000)
Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua were taken directly to the hospital and didn’t attend the presser.
Dana White said the Henderson vs. Shogun scrap was easily one of the top 3 fights of all time. That was MMA’s Ali/Frazier III.
He thought the fight was a draw, giving Shogun a 10-8 score in the 5thRound.
Although it was an instant classic, he still wouldn’t have changed the FOX fight (Velasquez/Dos Santos) to Shogun/Hendo. The MMA world appreciated it, but their new market wouldn’t have understood the war that went on tonight. They need to take baby steps in educating the mainstream market.
White reiterated that the company loves Wanderlei Silva and they will not allow him to stick around too long. When it’s time, they will talk.
White said he doesn’t care either way if Henderson fights at 185 or 205. Although Hendo preciously said he doesn’t want to cut to middleweight, White said he knows Henderson will take a title fight if it’s there.
He felt the stoppage in Le’s fight was warranted because his face is busted up right now. He prefers for fights to be stopped too early than too late.
White confirms Rashad Evans (205), Chael Sonnen (185) and Faber (135) are the top contenders in their respective divisions.
The early attendance number was 13,173 and garnered $1.268 million at the gate.
White didn’t confirm the date for the UFC’s return to Brazil. He stated he’s not sure if Anderson Silva will be on the card, but he said it with a sheepish smile (hint, hint).
Urijah Faber is convinced Dominick Cruz is not a better fighter than him and is anxious to prove it once and for all.
White confirmed Faber vs. Cruz III will not headline the UFC’s next show on FOX.
Faber pushes White to let him and Cruz coach opposite each other on next season of TUF.