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Dan Henderson defeats Shogun Rua in a classic at UFC 139

The largest MMA organization in the world ends one of the most historic four week stretches in company history tonight with a PPV card that is stacked from top to bottom. Coming to us live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, it’s UFC 137: Shogun vs. Henderson. As always, will provide complete results including a round by round recap of all the live televised action.

UFC 137 is headlined by a light heavyweight showdown of legends as former UFC champion Mauricio Rua battles former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson with the winner possibly earning a shot at the 205 lb title. In the co-main event, fan favorite Wanderlei Silva takes on kickboxing expert Cung Le. Also on the card is a bantamweight battle between former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles.


Danny Castillo def. Shamar Bailey via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Seth Baczynski def. Matt Brown via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
Miguel Torres def. Nick Pace via Unanimous Decision
Gleison Tibau def. Rafael dos Anjos via Split Decision
Chris Weidman def. Tom Lawlor via Submission Round 1 (D’Arce Choke)


Michael McDonald vs. Alex Soto

Round One: Soto came out quickly but got caught with a right hand when he threw a leg kick that dropped him. McDonald followed up with flurry of punches but Soto managed to survive. McDonald stayed on him though, landed a huge uppercut, and then put him out cold with a couple of more punches. Excellent finish and performance by McDonald.

Result: Michael McDonald def. Alex Soto via KO Round 1 (Punches)

Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz

Round One: Both guys with a feeling out process although Bader seemed to be finding his range a bit better. Bader landed a straight right on the ear, which dropped Brilz and Bader landed a couple more shots before the ref jumped in.

Result: Ryan Bader def. Jason Brilz via KO Round 1 (Punches)


Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury

Round One: Kingsbury clinched early and landed some nice knees to the body but Bonnar broke free and stumbled him with a left hook. Bonnar tried a throw from the clinch but Kingsbury blocked it and landed a good knee. Bonnar came up with a quick flurry though. Good pace to this fight with both guys throwing plenty of shots. Bonnar is the more aggressive of the two and he managed to get a takedown. Bonnar got the mount and rained down punches but the horn sounded before he could force a stoppage. Good ending to the round for Bonnar and he takes it 10-9.

Round Two: Bonnar got a takedown off a kick early and quickly moved into side control. Bonnar worked over Kingsbury on the ground, staying on top and landing short punches. Kingsbury couldn’t do anything off his back. Dominating round for Bonnar, easily 10-9 in his favor.

Round Three: Bonnar got the back on the feet about 30 seconds in and then dragged Kingsbury to the ground. Kingsbury was able to roll to his back but Bonnar stayed on top of him. Bonnar tried to set up a couple of different submissions but Kingsbury played good defense. Bonnar stayed on top of him and in side control the entire time, trying to create openings with punches. Another absolutely dominating round for Bonnar, who wins the round 10-9 and should win the fight 30-27.

Result: Stephan Bonnar def. Kyle Kingsbury via Unanimous Decision

Rick Story vs. Martin Kampmann

Round One: Story came out quickly with some power hooks but Kampmann moved away well and countered. Story trying to work the body. Kampmann trying to stay technical with his punches while Story is throwing almost nothing but power hooks. Kampmann landing a very good straight right. Kampmann doing a nice job breaking away with Story tries to clinch. Good round for both guys but Kampmann seemed to land the cleaner strikes. Could go either way but I have to give it 10-9 to Kampmann.

Round Two: Kampmann seems to have his range in this round, continuing to land the straight right at will. Story is landing a good right hook to the body and continues to throw everything into his punches. Kampmann managed a takedown on Story with a beautiful trip in the clinch. Kampmann didn’t do much on the ground, just stayed on top from the half guard position and looked for an arm triangle, but Story blocked it. Easy round for Kampmann thanks to the takedown and he’ll take it 10-9.

Round Three: Story came out aggressive, pushed Kampmann in the cage, and landed some good body shots. Kampmann did a nice job turning things around though and getting the back on the feet. Story managed to break away. Story got a half takedown but Kampmann immediately got up. On the feet, Kampmann continued to batter Story with the straight right. Kampmann again got the back on the feet and tried to suplex Story to the ground but Story stayed up and got free. They traded partial takedowns, but Kampmann again got on the back and this time dragged him down. Kampmann tried to finish with the choke but time ran out. Another round for Kampmann, who I have winning the fight 30-27.

Result: Martin Kampmann def. Rick Story via Split Decision

Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles

Round One: Faber using his speed early to get in and get out while Bowles is loading up on his right hand. Bowles looking to go to the body a bit. Faber continues to use feints and his speed to baffle Bowles a bit. Faber scores with a big takedown. Faber was able to posture to his feet, land some leg kicks, and then dive back on top with a couple of punches to end the round. Good round for Faber, who looks very comfortable on his feet. 10-9 for Faber.

Round Two: Big right hand by Faber stumbled Bowles. Faber followed up with a big knee that dropped him. Faber tried to finish with a flurry of punches but Bowles somehow survived. Faber landed some huge elbows as Bowles tried to stand up. Faber locked on a guillotine, moved to mount, and forced Bowles to tap out. Excellent finish and performance by Faber.

Result: Urijah Faber def. Brian Bowles via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)

Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le

Round One: Silva caught Cung with a right hook as Cung was coming in. Silva starting the fight very patient. Cung wobbles Silva a bit with a spinning back fist. Another spinning back fist drops Silva to a knee but he gets up. Cung throwing a lot of spinning back kicks but Silva moving away pretty well. Silva trying to counter every kick with an explosive of punches. Cung bleeding near the right eye. A series of kicks by Silva connects. Silva pressing forward to end the round and landing some very good flurries. A close first round but a slight edge to Cung based on the partial knockdown. Could go either way though. 10-9 to Cung.

Round Two: Silva winning all the striking flurries and really finding Cung’s chin with his right hand. Cung trying to keep the distance with kicks but Silva doing a nice job getting in side . Cung attacking the body with kicks. Silva making Cung pay every time he misses with a kick with a flurry of punches. Silva having a lot of success when he presses forward, but he’s not doing it quite enough. Big flurry and a right hand drops Cung. Silva follows up with some huge knees. Cung tries a takedown, Silva sprawls, lands some hammerfists, and the ref jumps in to stop it. Very questionable stoppage. Cung was hurt, but he seemed to know where he was.

Result: Wanderlei Silva def. Cung Le via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)

Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua

Round One: Big right hand by Hendo early has Rua shooting. Hendo goes for a front choke but can’t finish. Rua escapes and Hendo tees off on him as Rua covers against the cage. Rua regains his wits but eats another right hand. Rua tries to clinch and Hendo just throws him to the ground. Rua keeps trying for takedowns but Hendo easily stuffs them. Rua drops Hendo with a right. Hendo tries to grab a single but Rua stuffs it. Both guys get to their feet. Hendo loading up on the right. Lunging left by Rua. The round ends with Rua pushing Hendo against the cage. Very good first round. Slight edge to Hendo based on damage but Rua hung in there after getting rocked early. 10-9 for Hendo.

Round Two: Early clinch to start the round with Rua controlling. Elbow on the exit by Rua but Hendo fires back with the right. Big uppercut and a right by Hendo. Rua fires back though. Quick combo by Rua lands. Both men slugging away when they’re trapped against the cage. Rua’s face in busted up and he’s bleeding out of his nose. Rua is throwing the straighter punches but Hendo is coming right back with power hooks. Another good round with a slight edge to Rua as he landed the cleaner punches. 10-9 for Rua.

Round Three: Rua presses forward early and lands but Hendo comes right back with a couple of punches of his own. Big body kick by Rua. Rua using his jab nicely. Hendo lands a big right that drops Rua. Hendo tries to follow up and finish on the ground but Rua moves and covers. Hendo continues to pound away but Rua manages to survive and attack the leg. The ref looked close to stopping it but he let it go on. Rua gets to his feet and clinches. Rua’s face is an absolute mess. Rua just trying to rest in the clinch. Both guys seem dead tired. Rua gets a takedown and takes the back but Hendo gets up. Rua lands a flurry as the round ends. Fantastic round. No clue how Rua survived but he did. Hendo takes the round 10-9 though.

Round Four Rua lands a partial takedown but Hendo bounces back up. A great scramble with Hendo getting the crucifix, then mount, but Rua scrambling up. Jabs by Rua but Hendo scores a takedown. Hendo just laying in the guard of Rua. Hendo stands over Rua and dives in with a couple of punches. Rua manages to get up. Big uppercut but Rua wobbles Hendo. Hendo tries a takedown, Rua stuffs it, Rua follows with a flurry but Hendo fires right back. Rua scores with a takedown and moves to mount. Rua gets the back and tries a choke but Hendo escapes into guard as the round ends. Another fantastic round. Gotta give this one to Rua though as he did more damage. 10-9 to Rua.

Round Five: Hendo tries to clinch but Rua takes him down. Rua in side control landing knees to the body. Rua mounts, postures up, and rains down punches. Hendo trying to punch from his back. Rua with some more ground and pound. Hendo doing a nice job hipping to half guard but Rua always manages to get back to mount and rain down punches. Hendo moving just enough to survive. Rua has dominated this round but just doesn’t have enough to finish. The round ends with Rua in mount. Absolutely fantastic fight. Rua takes the final round 10-8 in my book and the fight 48-46. It was a very close fight though and honestly could go either way.

Result: Dan Henderson def. Mauricio Rua via Unanimous Decision

  • Lethal Liquid says:

    That was the best fight of the decade!!! Let the debate begin

  • Lethal Liquid says:

    Dana White this what you do you put that fight on the next Ufc on Fox. Put whatever live fights around it but that fight is your crossover salvation!! Be smart make it happen

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    How the discussion thread on this card has one comment is beyond me.

  • king mah mah says:

    Great night of fights!!

    Kampmann won that decision hands down!! Don’t know what the hell that judge was looking at!! Glad he got the “W” though, as he was deserving.

    Faber really impressed me. I was one of those guys who thought the decision could have gone his way against Cruz, but that’s neither here nor there.

    Wanderlei is a beast!! He took some good shots to the chin and survived! Glad to see him get the KO victory. It was not a questionable stoppage at all!! Cung was damn near knocked out and Wanderlei finished him off nicely. Great call by the ref.

    Dan could have finished Shogun off early, but chose to let him stand. I know he was thinking of a five round war, but why let Shogun up to his feet when you have him rocked? Either way I had Dan winning the fight. That will definitely be FOTN or FOTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great goddamn fight for both guys!!!!

  • king mah mah says:

    Can’t believe there aren’t more comments for this UFC! This was one of the best cards in recent memory. Plus all the people I wanted to win actually did!!!!! LOL

  • king mah mah says:

    @Brendhan- Yeah I guess fans didn’t order this one? I’m sure glad I did! Was worth every penny!!

  • Lethal Liquid says:

    I honestly thought something was wrong with the site

  • edub says:

    Just an insane night of fights. You get one FOTY candidate one hour then two hours later you get a FOTY lock that could very well be the best fight of all time.

    I had it a draw btw. First three rounds to Hendo 10-9, Shogun rounds four and five 10-9 and 10-8.

    Bellator needs to fold. We need to see guys like Lombard, Chandler, Alvarez, both Freire brothers, Curran, Sandro, all taking on guys in the UFC.

  • Creature says:

    Holy shit.. that is what i say about this card.

    Im just going to comment on the Hendo/Rua fight since that deserves to be considered the best in MMA history IMO lol.

    I thought Hendo took it 48-47 just as the judges said, i thought rounds 1 and 2 were 10-9 Hendo, and round 3 being a 10-8 (at least i think it was 3 i thought was 10-8). then 4 went to Shogun 10-9 and 5 to Shogun 10-8. But wow to anyone who said Hendo cant hang with the top guys or is overrated.. You were just proven wrong (:

    Also did anyone else notice Shogun could barely talk afterwards?? It looked like his jaw or entire left side of his face was just.. broke. Both guys showed there heart is surpassed by no one..

    And if Hendo/Bones happens, Bones better hope his chin is as good as Rua’s. I dont think im the only one amazed at how he was still conscious after eating multiple FLUSH right hands.. Bisping must have been in disbelief 😉

  • stone says:

    Hendo vs Shogun= FIGHT OF THE YEAR……..nuff said

  • RicM says:

    Cung Le vs. Silva and Shogun vs. Hendo were my MMA wet dreams………I am now satisfied….lol

  • hindsightufuk says:

    truly epic to say the least, and a great ppv top to bottom except for Kyle Kingsbury who should never be allowed near a ppv. that was the only let down for me.

    And Bellator doesnt need to fold, if they keep putting on fights like Chandler/Alvarez they can run for ever in my opinion. truly awesome fight
    BFC has been hugely entertaining this year, some of the best fights of the year have been in Bellator.
    none hoever anywhere near as thrilling as tonights main event
    truly epic

  • hindsightufuk says:

    also what was the deal with the judges score cards? didnt Buffer say all three judges scored the fight 28-27? how is that possible? did he say 48-47?
    also it is very very rare for three judges to get the same scores, and on a fight like that that had so many variables, i find it hard to believe they all scored it the same
    personally i scored it 46-46 though i really wasnt thinking about the scores that much while watching the fight

    awesome fight

  • hindsightufuk says:

    any one know the judges individual scores?
    sorry for multiple posts, im fuck tired

  • elkymbo says:

    Dunno man. Super epic fight that one. Was awesome this morning with a pint :)

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Hendo vs Jones next.

  • Creature says:

    First time in a long time that i can say i agree with Logic lol.

    Also hindsight all the judges scored it 48-47 Hendo.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Just thought I would add that all those clowns that said Dana was right to drop Hendo cuz they suck Dana nutz all day and you know who you are, suck on that.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Jones will beat Hendo easily imo bit that right hand can change a fight in a split sec.

  • Creature says:

    I wouldnt say easily, but as huge as a Hendo fan as i am ill admit the odds are definitely in Jones favor. That right of Dans would be the deciding factor, if he lands it early enough i think he TKOs Jones at some point, if hes not able to land by the end of round 2 i see him losing.

    Also i like how Dan said in a video after the fight, he would rather have the shot at 205 over 185 because “Silva isnt going to get past Chael” lol i agree with his satement :)

  • elsicilian says:

    Henderson/Rua was indeed a very entertaining fight … but am I the only one who doesn’t think it necessarily benefited from the 5 round format? Henderson won on the strength of those first three rounds, but he clearly had nothing left for at least the last round, and Rua didn’t have enough to finish him either (despite sitting in the mount for five minutes straight). Also, at the end of round 4, Henderson rolled into Rua’s guard and just lay there like he was taking a nap, and Rua seemed all too happy to reciprocate.

    Furthermore, as Joe Rogan acknowledged a couple of times in the early rounds, it occasionally looked like each man was conserving energy with a more measured pace and an eye on the later rounds … and Henderson even acknowledged in the post-fight interview that he was basically running out the clock after the first three! Not really what I like to see in a main event.

    Anyway, I’m not complaining (this was a hell of an entertaining fight), but the last 5-10 minutes seemed pretty superfluous, so it probably shouldn’t be used as an argument in favor of 5 round fights.

  • raker says:

    Hendo is great at 205 but I’d love to see him fight Chael at 185 in a #1 contenders bout at MW. I could care less about who fights Silva but this fight has the makings of a gooder.

  • Niv says:

    Great fights last night, and out of my 3 predictions I went 0-3 last night, a personal low.

    I was very happy to see Wandy fight like the Axe Murderer again in the second round, especially throwing those beautiful knees like he did. Cung Le actually looked very good and anyone who thinks he’s nothing but an actor needs to re-evaluate their position.

    The main event was simply amazing and I personally had the fight a draw, though I actually thought it could have gone Rua’s way all depending on the scoring of the second round which could have easily been even.

    Either way I’m always amazed by Hendo as he is getting better as he ages, but if this fight happened 6 years ago I don’t see him winning it. Maybe the TRT therapy plays a bigger role than anyone thinks but regardless he’s a freaking stud.

    I hope these guys fight again soon as it will be a barn burner once again I’m sure.

  • elkymbo says:

    What the fuck has happened to the thumbs upand down???? I’ve been missing for a while. Has five ounces gone pc?

  • elkymbo the staff said that the thumbs up/down feature was somethin that got lost in the transition of upgrading the site and they’re workin on it.

    Now onto the subject of ufc 139
    How the Hell did A Bonnar fight wind up the least entertaining fight on a card? That’s so odd.
    Urijah looked great but I dont want to see him fight Cruz again yet….let someone else do it, I dont care who but can we get some time to build up a rematch?
    Story Vs. Kampmann deserved FOTN as a second bonus more than Wandy vs. Cung Le did….that was a great fight and both guys deserve some serious accolades for that. Any other night they would’ve stolen the show.
    Wandy looked good but I still think they need to keep him against names that aren’t known for KO power…give him the winner of Bisping vs. Miller( how awesome does the Axe Murderer vs. Mayhem sound?) or a rematch with Rich Franklin…just not a Munoz, or someone with similar power.
    Cung Le has no business fighting anyone above the middle of the pack. Him and Leben could be entertaining but I’d just use him in San Jose against the Tom Lawlors, Ed Hermans etc.

    Oh my god what a fight between Shogun and Hendo…I had it 47-46 Dan due to Dan earning what I felt was a 10-8 in the 3rd and Shogun earning one in the 5th, but I can see either not getting a 10-8 as Shogun put up some decent offense in the 3rd and never really came close to finishing the fight in the 5th even with his dominant position all round. That’s the kind of fight everyone likes to see and Dan Henderson is pushing a greatness far surpassing Randy in his plus 40 year old career. Sure Randy decisioned Tito and Sylvia, Stopped Belfort and Gonzaga but Hendo is taking on beasts like Shogun, Fedor, Feijoa and knocking them stupid(even if they dont go out as was the case with Shogun) I have no clue how he remained on his feet after that flurry in the 4th that had him showin off dance moves that MJ would’ve been jealous of and Shogun’s ability to remain alert after some of those ridiculous bombs was mindblowing. This was simply put, a fight that will be talked about for a looooonnnnnnng time. Fight of the year just got stolen.

    and Michael McDonald is RUTHLESS….209 is producing some great fighters and not all of them sound stupid when they talk.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I thought the decision was very good for Henderson vs Rua, if Dan didnt get the 10-8 third round where he dominated and knocked down and crushed Rua then I cant complane about Rua not getting the 10-8 fifth round where he dominated Henderson with the mount for 5 full minutes, just like Fitch did to Penn when he got a 10- 8. But what a hell of a great fight.

  • MCM says:

    I missed the card live, but caught up on some yesterday. I knew the outcome of the main event, but I actually felt like it could have been a draw. I thought Rua was alot more dangerous in the first three than people are giving him credit for. Round 3 was clearly not a 10-8 round. Great fight though, and I’ll have no problem if they give Hendo a title shot over Rashad.
    I haven’t seen all the fights, but the ones I have easily make this the card of the year.

  • Niv says:

    MCM, I have to agree no one is giving Rua any credit for anything he did in the first 3 rounds. As good as Henderson was he didn’t earn any 10-8 rounds as the 3 round Rua took over in the second half after that beating he took early on.

    If you see it for what it is the fight should’ve been scored a draw, either way it’s a great win for Hendo and is in my mind the best mma fight of all time.

  • edub says:

    Niv- I agree with pretty much everything you said (except greatest fight, I still have a few personals above that).

    Everybody wants to go back after the dominant 5th round by Rua and say “hey, Dan’s earlier rounds were so brutal a few had to be 10-8, right?”. However, just as you put it, none of them were worthy of the 10-8. Each time he had a big round, Shogun fought back with good strikes himself or takedowns. He got dropped in the first, but fought back hard. He weathered a storm against the fence, only to take it to a gassed out Hendo in the second half of the second round. He was dropped hard and battered relentlessly on the ground in the third, but kinda like the second as soon as the fight got back to the feet Rua pushed him against the fence , landed some good knees and punces, then got a takedown and landed some good punches on the ground.

    A few brutal rounds, but no clearly dominant rounds.

    Contrasted to those in the 5th round, Rua got two takedowns, had mount 5 or 6 times (which resulted in Hendo being mounted for probably 3 minutes of the round), and had Hendos back 2 or 3 times. He also landed punches and elbows during this whole period. IMO a clear 10-8.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I’d have been fine with a draw but if the decision was gonna go in one direction I think Hendo was the right call. I haven’t watched the fight a 2nd but but to me it seemed pretty clear Hendo delivered the most damage over the course of 25 minutes and therefore won the “fight.” I understand that’s now how the 10-point must system is designed to work exactly, but I always hate seeing the arm raised of the guy who took the most punishment in a fight (assuming it goes the distance).

    The scoring is definitely tricky. I think Hendo did more damage to Rua in round 3 than Rua dished out to Hendo in round 5, but on a more technical basis Rua’s 5th round was more decisive. There’s just a lot of gray area in there, subject to the interpretation of the judges. Amazing fight overall that I will have to watch again to probably fully appreciate, and my opinions stated above might shift a bit after a 2nd viewing given how competitive the fight was.

  • edub says:

    I would agree that Dan dished out more punishment, but I would also say that Rua took the punishment a lot better than Hendo did. When you can’t stay off your back the whole final round, and can’t stand on your own two feet without the help of your corner after the fight is over, I can’t say you won the “fight”. Rua’s faced was mashed up to bits, but he was the only one standing on his own two feet after the fight was over.

  • Niv says:

    edub, curious what other mma fights to you rank above that one?

    I have to say if I stop and think about it, maybe Wanderlei Silva vs Rampage I, Shogun vs little Nog, or Fedor vs Big Nog I are way up there as well for me.

  • edub says:

    You took away my #1 in Shogun-Lil Nog. I’m not sure if anything could ever top that one for me personally.

    Bendo-Cowboy 1, Diaz-Penn (strictly because I’m madly in love with both), Gray-Frankie 2, and honestly the more I see it the more I think Chandler-Alvarez was a better fight.

    It’s odd because after I saw both I thought Hendo-Rua was better, but after watching both again I gotta lean towards Alvarez-Chandler. The scrambles in that fight were just unreal to watch at certain points. The few casuals I know that have seen both fights have been split right about down the middle on which fight they thought was better.

    Now as a big main event, nothing else can touch this in MMA’s history (taking into account star power, legendary resumes, PPV dollars, and big fight feel). However, as a fight itself I think a few top it.

  • Niv says:

    Good points, I too really enjoyed Chandler vs Alvarez and pretty much every fight you listed, but maybe because it’s so fresh I’ll say this will sit as in my top until I have a little more time to go back and review some of those other fights on my list.


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