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Home MMA Henderson Shocks “Shogun” via Vicious Knockout
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Henderson Shocks “Shogun” via Vicious Knockout

 

mauricio-shogun-rua-dan-hendersonNatal, Brazil was supposed to have been celebrating a victor tonight as their native son, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, had the opportunity to avenge a loss suffered 28 months ago to American U.F.C. legend Dan “Hendo” Henderson.  All of the signs were there that Henderson, now 43 years old, was ready for the taking: “Hendo” had lost his last three contests by becoming a robotic, one-handed rebel who had been getting hit more and more with each passing fight.  Many questioned the validity of this fight but no one, including “Shogun”, questioned Henderson’s heart.  The prizefight was scheduled for five rounds in the light heavyweight division and was televised on the Fox Sports 1 Network.

The opening round saw little action as both Rua and Henderson were cautious.  Neither man made an effort to exert their dominance as both mostly circled each other, shooting the occasional shot with little success.  With less than 30 seconds left in the round, Rua countered “Hendo” with a right-left combination to the head that sent the aging combatant down to the mat.  “Shogun” proceeded to ground and pound but Henderson, using his vast experience, was able to come to his feet and maintain his wits.  The referee looked closely but found no credible reason to call a halt to the contest so “Hendo” survived the round.  

The second stave mirrored the first as both men hesitated to fully engage.  The caveat became clear: “Shogun” was carefully looking to strike with combinations while “Hendo” waited patiently to land his lethal right-hand.  There was little to choose from due to the lulls in the action but the round was finally defined by a vicious uppercut by Rua that shook Henderson’s legs and sent him to the ground.  Henderson, again relying on his veteran’s guile, took everything in stride and was able to take the fight into the next round.

The third continued the combat’s slow progress.  Appearing in control of the tempo and distance, Rua cautiously stalked Henderson.  “Hendo’s” inactivity was clearly leading him to fall far behind on the cards and it seemed that “Shogun” was coasting his way to victory.  

And then it happened.

At the 3 minute and 38 second mark of the round, “Hendo” detonated a venomous right-hand that smashed Rua’s grill, distorting the Brazilian’s facial features instantly and sending him to the canvas.  Henderson followed up with a pulverizing shot to the forehead and proceeded to bang the back of “Shogun’s” head with evil intentions.  The referee had no choice but to step in and stop the assault.

The win puts Henderson back into contention, saving his fading career.  As for Rua, the loss is a major setback as he was a heavy favorite coming into the match.  And though the fight may not have been as exciting as their first tilt, the result will still be unforgettable.  Henderson, the aging lion, was able to summon greatness one more time.  Despite doubts about his sustainability, “Hendo” proved he is still must-see television.

Sergio L. Martinez
www.convictedartist.com

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Anonymous  - re: Excellent can o whoopass!! |
Ted Perez from Goodyear, AZ wrote:
I'm an old MMA fan from the early days and it had been years since I'd seen Henderson fight and I have to say that it was a hell of a blow that Henderson nailed him with.

I wasn't expecting it, just came out of nowhere!


Always awesome to see that
Ted Perez from Goodyear, AZ  - Excellent can o whoopass!! |
I'm an old MMA fan from the early days and it had been years since I'd seen Henderson fight and I have to say that it was a hell of a blow that Henderson nailed him with.

I wasn't expecting it, just came out of nowhere!
.  - Call it a comeback! |
Its always good to see a fighter make a comeback after suffering from a loosing streak.
Johnny Drama  - Old doesn't mean dead |
Always good when a "washed up" fighter proves everyone wrong. Hendo!
 
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