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Monday, 09/19/2011, 04:45 pm

Dan Henderson Returns To UFC Against "Shogun" At UFC 139

Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson has opted to return to the UFC ranks following his last Strikeforce win over Fedor Emelianenko. He has likely vacated his title to pursue UFC gold.

Set to spoil his return to the Octagon is former UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

UFC 139 is set to take place on November 19th at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. With the original heavyweight title fight headliner between champ Cain Velasquez and Junior Santos moving from UFC 139 to UFC on FOX 1 the organization is likely looking for a replacement main event. The Henderson vs. Rua fight is a likely replacement for the slot.

Rua just took out Forrest Griffin in the UFC Rio co-main event; it was his first appearance and victory since losing his title to Jon Jones.

Henderson returns off the heels of his heavyweight victory over Fedor Emelianenko under the Strikeforce banner. At 41-years old Henderson was able to capture the Strikeforce crown with a punishing knockout victory over Rafael Feijao this past March at Strikeforce Columbus.

Both fighters will be looking to advance to title contention with a victory.


59 Responses to “Dan Henderson Returns To UFC Against "Shogun" At UFC 139”

  1. mezzanoche says:


  2. Michael says:

    Sounds like a good fight on paper.

  3. JOSH C says:

    shit shogun better learn how to wrestle cause hendo aint gana drop as easily as forest. number 1 contender (after rashad) match for sure.hendo rashad would be an awsome math up aswell

  4. Ly-er_Ly-er says:

    Wow, sounds like a “Pride” fight that shoulda happened many years ago already! Better late then never! This is gonna be a pretty good main event, doubt they’re gonna use all 5 rounds tho!

  5. pk9grrr says:

    thats o for owesum

  6. Dave Jordens says:

    Terrific! Cant WAIT to see this one~

  7. Damn.. tough fight didnt really want to see this bc I’m a fan of both! I got Shogun for the win if I have to choose! Wouldn’t count the old man out tho..

  8. Eduardo says:

    Dam strikeforce is loosing all of its star power

  9. EffLay&PrayFighters says:

    im split between the 2.. love both fighters. As long as its an ALL OUT WAR.. ill be content.

  10. CitizenErased says:

    Gotta feel for strikeforce but we all saw it coming. Hendo has the grappling and of course his right hand, while Shogun has those brutal leg kick and punch combos.. But I see Hendo winning a UD.

  11. fif son says:

    tough fight to call but imma give it to hendo, he is more consistant

  12. Tasha & John says:

    saw this coming… S H O G U N !!!

  13. Creature says:

    If Hendo doesnt take shogun out with his vicious right hand, i see him taking a UD with his superior wresting and overall pressure. Regardless this is going to be a WAR! Hendo is the man!

  14. Chuyloco956 says:

    Both good figther but HENDO ‘ is gonna take this one

  15. e says:

    fantastic i think shogun will dominate hendo.

  16. Digs says:

    Sick Matchup. I gotta go with the ol’ hoss on this one.
    Solid wrestling and a rock chin.

    Shogun is going to have a hardtime throwing leg kicks on someone who will shoot and GnP.

  17. mmaislandjunkie says:

    tough fight to call but i cant wait to watch it!!!!

  18. zc says:

    hendo will use his wrestling to bully him. the only way i see shogun winning is a ko or tko which i doubt will happen

  19. Fortyb4five says:

    Two of my favorite fighters ever not gotta pick a winner just can’t wait to watch this…gonna be awesome.

  20. Shawn says:

    Hmmm…with all d fighters jumping ship (SF) in favor of the main ZUFFA organization. History looks to repeat itself. Ie. Pride n WEC.

  21. zack says:

    this is a good fight for hendo. trying to get a title unification just isnt gunna happen. this is more like it. we will see where hendos at with this fight

  22. Mike Diaz says:

    Might end up buying the tickets close to home after all. I’ll take Shogun via TKO (strikes) counting on his technical stand up game. I won’t count out how hungry Hendo will be in his UFC debut and the element of this being a #1 contender fight…….JUST SCRAP! PENN NATION!!!!!!!

  23. Lex w says:

    That’s goin to b a great fight

  24. bizzle says:

    Shogun is gonna murder Hendo.. Feijao rocked him Shogun is gonna finish him..

    • Fortyb4five says:

      lol Feijou is waay bigger than Shogun. Didn’t Dan say he wasn’t hurt anyway? Its gonna be a close decision.

      • bizzle says:

        Put down the crack pipe, he is not way bigger, maybe an inch taller but both have relatively the same build, Feijao has a little thicker base.. But Shogun is a much more versatile and deadly striker.. A healthy Shogun is the one who nearly murdered Rampage, sorry but if he comes in shape and healthy he is going to fck Hendo up..

        • Feijoa did look more muscular coming into the fight, but Shogun is definitely more skilled and better techniques. Anybody that takes a clean shot to the side of the head w 4oz gloves are going to get rocked.. it’s who recovers quicker that wins the fight. This is going to be an incredible combat.. hard to count out Hendo! Edge towards SHOGUN!

      • bizzle says:

        Dan always says he wasn’t hurt, that is his pride talking.. Feijao rocked him period, he just recovered quickly..

  25. Joegun says:

    Depends which shogun comes to fight,hendo is always in shape.shogun likes to get inside and bang but wrong answer with of my 2 faves but i’ll go with dan with the tko.

  26. Ben says:

    Like Diego Sanches likes to say, Yes Yes Yesss!!

  27. hendrickson says:

    shaky chin? why because he got a little wobbled by possibly one of the hardest hitters in the game fedor, Dans chin is one of the best in the game?

  28. momo says:

    idk what will happen it could go both ways but for some reason i think its going to be one sided either hendo will kill shogun or shogun will kill hendo. there the kind of guys that leave it all in there and when the bell rings only thing that will matter will be who hits first.

  29. Xaninho says:

    Great Match-up! This could go either way. It will be an exciting fight….These two guys will throw bombs from the first second till one of them drops….It’ll be over before the first round ends.

  30. arun says:


  31. Eric says:

    Hendo 41, Shogun 29, two of my favorite fighters no joke but, I think this could be like Couture vs Machida, a wakeup call for Hendo, especially Shogun is not Babalu or Fejiao, Emelianenko is a heavywegiht and never fought with good guys just minotauro and cro cop back then. Hendo have chance no doubt but, I pull this for Shogun Rua.

  32. ThaGreenBandit says:

    No complaints coming from me! I’m a fan of both, but want Shogun to bust that ass!

  33. Destruction says:

    Shogun will destroy hendo, respect to hendo and all his achived but his getting on in age, and lets not forget strikeforce is B grade MMA, Hendo moves back to A grade MMA gets fucked up simple as that.

  34. josh says:

    Shogun gets the finish unless hendo can keep him on the ground. cant wait for this fight. oh yeah, bj is getting wrecked pretty soon too!!!! lets go DIAZ!!!

  35. MZ says:

    3rd rd tko, don’t know who, don’t really care … it’ll be a slugfest until then.

  36. MZ says:

    The amount of stupidity that comes from some of these posts amazes me.

  37. Dante says:

    Shogun all day!

  38. Dosan says:

    Old man got this.

  39. Jmad says:

    This is a great matchup, it could go either way imo. I like both of the guys they both have a good chance of getting knocked out in this one.

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