“I’m hoping it’s an explosive fight. Both have the ability to finish it via knockout, but it’s a five rounds bout, so we don’t have to rush into it. We don’t wanna get into a situation where Dan is tired for not having got his coups right. So, we’ll take our time during this fight. Of course the goal is always the knockout. It’s what Dan is up to, he’s always going for the knockout, but we need to know when to attack and when to counterattack. We won’t change Hendo’s style, but we’re working in some details that might surprise Shogun.”
“On the tapes of Shogun’s last fights I noticed some flaws on his Boxing game. Shogun’s Boxing actually is not that developed. He only moves forward and tries to find the right angle to punch his opponents. Since he’s not much technical, he walks a lot. This bout against Shogun might be more dangerous than the one against Fedor, event because Shogun has an efficient Muay Thai for MMA. Against Fedor we’re just waiting for him to come and punch him. Shogun brings a great variety of coups on the stand-up game.”
The man responsible for the H-Bomb, Gustavo Pugliese, recently told Tatame.com that his student, Dan Henderson will be looking for a knockout victory over his UFC 139 opponent, Shogun Rua.
Dan’s last four victories have all come via brutal KO’s, first there was Michael Bisping, than he took Babalu Sobral en route to earn his title shot against Feijao and most recently he took out the legend, Fedor Emelianenko.
Can he make Shogun the latest victim of a Hendo style knockout or will the Brazilian be able to end the streak?