Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (Pictured) and Dan Henderson created some MMA magic together this past Saturday at UFC 139. Their 25-minute tango was so amazing that Shogun would like to arrange a sequel following his controversial unanimous decision loss to the former Strikeforce champion.
“It certainly was a great fight. I do not know how the judges made the final round of counting, could or should have been 10-8 to me,” Shogun told UOL Esporte (via Google Translate). “But that takes nothing away from Dan Henderson. He is a legend and one of those fighters who have created a legacy. But I want revenge, I think it would be another great battle and the public wants to see.”
Shogun isn’t the only one to believe he won the 5thRound in lopsided fashion, despite the fact that none of the judges awarded him with a 10-8 score. Based off the official stat sheet, Shogun landed 79 strikes to Henderson’s eight while maintaining a dominant full-mount position for the majority of the final round.
UFC president Dana White expressed at the post-fight press conference that he had scored their instant classic a draw.
At the same time, Henderson easily took the first three rounds of their shootout and unleashed some devastating damage in the first 10 minutes. He wasn’t granted a 10-8 verdict in any of the stanzas, so at least the judges were consistent with this stinginess.
Shogun was shipped directly to the hospital after their scrap and wasn’t able to attend the post-fight press conference, but now that the dust has settled and the cobwebs have cleared, the Brazilian seems hell-bent on knotting up the score.