UFC Rewind: UFC 139: Shogun vs. Hendo DVD Review
-The HP Pavilion, San Jose, California. The UFC goes to Strikeforce’s old stomping grounds to hold a classic fight for the history books between Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Henderson had just returned to the UFC after going to Strikeforce where he went 3-1, won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, and knocked out Fedor Emelianenko. Shogun had lost the UFC title earlier in the year to Jon Jones, but had rebounded with a knockout win over Forrest Griffin on friendly territory at UFC 134 in Brazil. Griffin had upset Shogun in a huge fight when Shogun first came into the UFC in 2007. This fight was one week after the first UFC on Fox card, so it seemed like this fight was being overlooked by the media to a certain degree. Shogun and Hendo had been a classic fight that was certainly predestined to eventually happen, both men being champions of the now defunct organization but the fight had never happened before . . . until now. The stage was finally set for what could quite possibly be one of the greatest, and most classic MMA match-ups of all time.
-Of course yours truly also covered this one live and in attendance from press row back in November, so most of my fight recaps will be taken from that report.
Disc 2 – PRELIMINARY CARD
Catchweight bout: Shamar Bailey (158 lbs. 12-4) vs. Danny Castillo (155 lbs. 11-4)
-Shamar Bailey failed to make weight for this fight. Jason McCoy is the referee.
ROUND ONE: Castillo starts things off with an inside leg kick and follows it up with a takedown. Bailey works his way back up to his but Castillo is able to lift Bailey back up and down to the ground; and does it again for a third takedown slam. Castillo starts working in the half-guard. Castillo isn’t able to pass but does land some sparse shots in the guard. Castillo is able to keep working and lands some more ground and pound strikes and Bailey is getting dominated. Castillo is able to pass guard into the mount, but Bailey is able to bring it back into half guard. Castillo starts landing a series of unanswered shots in the guard with only ten seconds to go. The referee has seen enough though and stops the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Danny Castillo by TKO at 4:52, Round 1.
-Castillo is with Joe Rogan. Rogan talks about Bailey being a good wrestler, but Castillo says that Bailey is not better than him. Castillo says he was upset with Bailey for not showing him proper respect by not coming in on weight at the weigh-ins and says you have to be a professional.
Welterweight bout: Matt Brown (171 lbs. 14-10) vs. Seth Baczynski (171 lbs. 14-6)
ROUND ONE: Baczynski connects with a right hand early. Seth takes brown up against the fence. They both trade knee strikes, and Seth lands a big elbow strike. Bacynzski is able to land another right punch and is able to work Matt Brown into a takedown to the mat. Brown is able to sweep the position and gets back to his feet. Brown pushes forward with some punches and kicks. Baczynski clinches with Brown against the fence again. Brown is able to land some knees from the clinch, but Baczynski maintains the pressure. Baczynski is able to grab Brown into a guillotine but the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Baczynski.
ROUND TWO: Brown comes forwad with his attacks. Brown gets Baczynski into a takedown, but Seth immediately grabs Brown into a guillotine. It looks tight. Brown tries to hang on and struggle out of it. But Baczynski keeps sinking it in and Brown taps.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Seth Baczynski by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42, Round 2.
-Seth Baczynski calls Matt Brown a “super-gnarly” dude. Baczynski said he was trying to be patient to get the submission.
Catchweight bout: Miguel Torres (136 lbs. 38-4) vs. Nick Pace (141 lbs. 6-2)
-Nick Pace came in overweight for this fight. Josh Rosenthal is the assigned referee.
ROUND ONE: They feel each other out at the start. Torres lands on a nice punching combination. Torres lands on a right hook and an inside leg kick. Torres continues to be finding home on his punches and almost stumbles Pace with an inside leg kick. Pace clinches and pushes Torres against the fence. Torres eventually tries to work on a guillotine choke but Pace is able to lift his head out. Torres tries to transition to a kimura from the standing position. They go to the ground and Pace rolls out of the hold back to his feet. Torres lands some more punches and goes for a head kick before the end of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Torres, 10-9 overall for Torres.
ROUND TWO: Torres starts letting go on with some kicks. He lands another punching combination on Pace. Pace is having trouble getting through Torres’ reach. Pace shoots in and manages to get the takedown on Torres. Pace is able to pass guard into side control. Torres transitions and works his way back to his feet quickly. Torres works some knee strikes to Pace against the fence. Torres lands a nice shoulder strike in the clinch and even goes for some foot stomps. Torres keeps working against the cage as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Torres, 20-18 overall for Torres.
ROUND THREE: Pace’s corner tells him to let it go between rounds. Torres is able to land on a kick to the body and is able to later follow it up with some good punching and kicking combinations. Torres uses his reach to outstrike Pace. Pace slips in a quick knee strike to the head. Pace comes forward, but Torres reverses the position against the cage. Torres works Pace against the fence. They eventually break and go back to the center. Torres uses his reach and footwork to stay away from Pace and outstrike him. Torres lands some good left and right punches. Pace comes forward again with a knee strike, but Torres again reverses the position agains the cage and continues to mix in strikes in the clinch. Pace separates with an elbow strike. Torres goes for a cartwheel kick but misses right at the end of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Torres, 30-27 overall for Torres.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Miguel Torres by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
-Torres is with Rogan. Torres says guys like Pace are dangerous because they have nothing to lose so you have to be careful with your purse. Torres gives it up for his training camp and sparring partners.
-Not the most outstanding win, but a win that gets Torres back on track and in the win column. He still doesn’t seem to be as dangerous as he used to be. What about seeing a Miguel Torres vs. Urijah Faber super-fight at bantamweight at some point?
Lightweight bout: Gleison Tibau (155 lbs. 33-7) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (155.5 lbs. 15-5)
-Jason McCoy is your referee for this lightweight contest.
ROUND ONE: They have some quick exchanges standing. Tibau eventually shoots in and gets a takedown. Dos Anjos quickly works back to his feet and they are standing again. They trade punches standing. Dos Anjos shoots in and gets his own takedown. Tibau quickly gets back up and they break from the clinch. Tibau comes forward with some punches after he misses on a takedown attempt. They clinch against the fence as the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Tibau, 10-9 for Tibau overall.
ROUND TWO: The referee calls for a timeout early to deal with a tape wrap issue on Tibau’s hand. It’s fixed and they are quickly back in to the fight. Most of the exchanges are very light so far. Tibau shoots in for a takedown but dos Anjos dodges it. Tibau stuffs and defends on a single-leg takedown attempt and the two fighters separate. They clinch against the cage. Tibau is unable to take dos Anjos down. They break from the clinch. Rogan on commentary says neither man is really “taking control” of the fight. Dos Anjos lands with a good punching combination. Tibau answers back and dos Anjos looks stunned. Tibau pushes forward with his punching attack and dos Anjos looks to be bleeding from the ear, ouch. Dos Anjos recovers and gets back in it and the crowd is getting really excited. Tibau comes forward and blocks a head kick before the end of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Tibau, 20-18 for Tibau overall.
ROUND THREE: dos Anjos comes in with a jumping switch kick to the body shortly after the round begins. Tibau catches a leg on a kick attempt and lands a left jab. Later Tibau shoots in and gets a takedown on dos Anjos. Dos Anjos transitions and grabs the leg and works his way back up to his feet. They trade positions against the fence and there is very little time left. Dos Anjos tries for the takedown but Tibau defends. They separate from the clinch and land punches on each other. Tibau lands a hook and that is all as it goes to the judges’ scorecards.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Tibau, 30-27 for Tibau overall.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Gleison Tibau by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).
-Tibau gets his third straight win inside the Octagon and gets his tenth career UFC win here. The fight never really got going besides Tibau’s flurry late in the second round. It wasn’t a bad split decision because the first round was close and I think almost close enough to be a 10-10. The last round was close, but I think Tibau did just enough to win that round and the fight overall.
Middleweight bout: Tom Lawlor (185 lbs. 7-3, 1NC) vs. Chris Weidman (185.5 lbs. 6-0)
-Unfortunately for this DVD release, Lawlor’s epic entrance of “Let’s Get Physical” by Olivia Newton John has been excised.
ROUND ONE: Lawlor starts thing out and lands punches on Weidman. Weidman shoots in and gets the takedown on Lawlor. Weidman is able to pass and gets side control. Weidman attempts a D’arce Choke. Lawlor tries to roll out of it, but Weidman squeezes it in. Lawlor looks to go unconscious and that is all.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Chris Weidman by Submission (D’arce Choke) at 2:07, Round 1.
-Chris Weidman is really happy about the win and says Tom Lawlor is the toughest guy he’s fought so far. Weidman says his camp helps make the big arms he’s got work for him.
-Weidman wins his third fight in the UFC where he remains undefeated and is also perfect at 7-0 in his MMA career.
That’s a wrap folks. We will now move to the Spike TV broadcast prelims for continued coverage of UFC 139.
Bantamweight bout: Michael McDonald (136 lbs. 13-1) vs. Alex Soto (135lbs. 6-0-1)
ROUND ONE: Soto comes in quickly and charges forward with his attack. Soto goes in for an inside leg kick, but McDonald drops Soto with a big right hook. Soto recovers and gets back up, but McDonald drops Soto again with an uppercut punch. McDonald keeps up the attack and Soto and Soto goes out. That is all as Rosenthal stops the fight.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Michael McDonald by KO at 0:56, Round 1.
-McDonald said he looked for the right hand when Soto came in really aggressive. McDonald said he was surprised Soto got back up from the first attack and was impressed. McDonald celebrates that he can “almost drink.” He then gives kudos to his hometown of Modesto and everyone who helped him out for the fight. McDonald makes it three in a row in the UFC here.
-Matt Brown vs. Seth Baczynski is replayed for the Spike TV broadcast.
Light Heavyweight bout: Ryan Bader (205 lbs. 13-2) vs. Jason Brilz (204 lbs. 18-4-1)
-Jason McCoy is the referee for this light heavyweight contest.
ROUND ONE: They trade punches standing up. Bader lets go with his hands. Bader comes in and lands a right hand punch on Brilz. Brilz is down and in a bad position and McCoy steps in to stop the bout. On the replays it looks like it landed to the back of Brilz’s ear.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Ryan Bader by KO at 1:17, Round 1.
Disc 1 – MAIN CARD
-The traditional UFC gladiator opening video is back. The top fighters talk about their bouts tonight and we get the classic UFC “Face The Pain” song.
Light Heavyweight bout: Stephan Bonnar (205 lbs. 16-7) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (205 lbs. 11-2, 1NC)
ROUND ONE: They trade punches standing up. Kingsbury pushes forward and clinches Bonnar against the fence. They separate and Kingsbury gets Bonnar with a nice left but Bonnar also wobbles Kyle with a punch. An inside leg kick by Bonnar goes a little low. Back in. They clinch and get into a stalemate against the fence. Kingsbury is able to throw Bonnar to the ground. Bonnar gets back up and Kingsbury lands some knees in the clinch, but Bonnar fires back with a knee of his own. They reach a stalemate against the fence. They separate and Bonnar moves forward with some punches. Bonnar shoots in for a single-leg takedown. Bonnar works for it and gets it and gets the side mount. Bonnar transitions and switches to full mount. Kingsbury is vulnerable and tries to hang on. Bonnar lands some ground strikes but the round ends and Kingsbury escapes getting finished.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Bonnar, 10-9 for Bonnar overall.
ROUND TWO: Kingsbury hits a left hand and a right kick. Bonnar tries for a head kick that Kingsbury blocks. Kingsbury goes for a kick to the body, but Bonnar goes for Kingsbury’s back. Bonnar gets the takedown. Bonnar tries for a choke, but Kingsbury escapes. Bonnar gets the side mount and looks for the crucifix position. Bonnar switches over to side control on the other side and lands some punches. Bonnar continues working and tries for a guillotine choke. Kingsbury is able to get out in the scramble and is able to pull half-guard. Bonnar tries for an arm-triangle choke but can’t finish it. Bonnar works in the guard as the round comes to a close.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Bonnar, 20-18 for Bonnar overall.
ROUND THREE: Bonnar locks up Kingsbury’s back and drags him to the ground. Kingsbury gets back to his feet, but Bonnar gets him back to the ground again. Position moves to half-guard. Bonnar is able to switch to the side mount. There is not much activity and the crowd is getting a little disappointed by the lack of action. Bonnar starts landing with a few punches and keeps the dominant position. Kingsbury is unable to rally any sort of comeback. Bonnar looks to grab the arm perhaps for a kimura, but Kingsbury defends. Bonnar starts landing some ground punches from the top as the fight ends and the crowd is none too pleased with Bonnar’s performance.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Bonnar, 30-27 for Bonnar overall.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Stephan Bonnar by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27).
-Stephan Bonnar said he was saying he was sorry after because he wasn’t used to fans booing during his fights. Bonnar wanted to bang it out standing and get Kingsbury to the ground to submit him but he wasn’t able to submit Kingsbury. Bonnar said he planned on calling out Koscheck after this but he decided to be honest and said he made the Koscheck shirts even though Koscheck apparently asked them not to. Bonnar apologizes to Koscheck.
-Kyle Kingsbury sees a four fight winning streak snapped with this fight. Stephan Bonnar wins three in a row inside the UFC for the first time since 2006.
Welterweight bout: Martin Kampmann (171 lbs. 17-5) vs. Rick Story (171 lbs. 13-4)
-Josh Rosenthal is the referee for this welterweight fight.
ROUND ONE: They trade swinging hard right at the outset. Story pushes forward on Kampmann against the fence with his attack. Story shoots in for the takedown but Kampmann defends. Story lands on a right hook. Story mixes it up with punches to the body and to the head. Kampmann goes for a head kick but Story blocks it. Both men look to be cut over their left eyebrow. Story looks to be landing the more solid punches. Kampmann lands a good right jab. They clinch against the fence. Story hits a right as they break off from the clinch. They clinch up again and Story gets some shots to the body before the end of the round.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Story, 10-9 for Story overall.
ROUND TWO: Kampmann looks to be finding his range with his punches and mixes in some kicks with his attacks. Kampmann press the pace with his punches and kicks. Later in the round Kampmann is able to shoot in and get a takedown. Kampmann works in the half-guard, but he isn’t able to get much done. Story holds on until the round ends.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Kampmann, 19-19 even.
ROUND THREE: Story pushes Kampmann forward against the fence. Kampmann turns the position around and looks for the takedown. Story stuffs the takedown attempt. Kampmann gets the takedown, but Story quickly gets back up but Kampmann locks up Story’s back. Story is able to spin out of the position and they go back to the center of the Octagon. They start trading punches and knees. Kampmann defends the takedown now. They eventually go back up against the fence and reach a stalemate. Kampmann is able to grab the waist and almost throw Story down, but Story is able to stand back up. They trade takedown attempts but quickly get back up. Kampmann is able to get Story’s back and gets both hooks in. Kampmann looks for the rear naked choke. Story is able to stay away from it long enough until the end of the round and that is all.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Kampmann (but just barely), 29-28 for Kampmann overall.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Martin Kampmann by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
-No post-fight interview. Martin Kampmann finally gets on the right end of a closely fought decision. Story has now unfortunately lost two straight. Kampmann really needed the win here and I think he pulled it off. He definitely won the second round. I gave the last round to Kampmann, but it was close. The first was a little close too, but I think Story took it. Some of the scores were a little awkward. Like Kampmann getting a 30-27 because that was really Story’s best round.
Bantamweight bout: Urijah Faber (136 lbs. 25-5) vs. Brian Bowles (136 lbs. 10-1)
-Faber gets a huge reaction with his trademark entrance theme, “California Love.” The referee for this bantamweight top contenders fight is Jason McCoy.
ROUND ONE: They touch gloves and here we go. Faber lands a punch to the body early. Faber goes in for a leg kick as Bowles hits a right hand. Faber lands a good punching combination. They exchange punches standing. Faber looks to be maybe waiting to shoot in for a takedown. Faber goes in with a strong series of punches. Bowles answers back with some of his own. Faber lands some more strong punches. Faber jumps in with a kick to the head. Faber looks for a takedown but owles is able to defend. Faber shoots in and gets a big takedown and stays away from a guillotine choke attempt. Faber is able to keep Bowles on his back. Faber stands up from the guard but Bowles tries to keep Faber away with some up kicks. Faber takes the top position again as the round comes to a close.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Faber, 10-9 for Faber overall.
ROUND TWO: Faber wobbles Bowles early with a solid right uppercut. Bowles goes down and Faber swarms in for the finish. Bowles recovers and stays in it. Faber comes with with a big knee to the body, but Bowles still doesn’t go out. Faber lands a big elbow strike on the downed Bowles. Faber sinks in a guillotine choke on the vulnerable Bowles and Bowles taps.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Urijah Faber by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:27, Round 2.
-Faber hugs it out with Bowles after the fight and shows great respect and professionalism in the victory. Faber sends a warning to Dominick Cruz, “Let’s do some work! Let’s do some battle!” Faber knew that Bowles was tough and mentally strong. Faber wanted to showcase his hands in the fight. Faber calls out T.J. Dillashaw from The Ultimate Fighter and credits the uppercut punch technique to him.
-Faber picks up one of his most impressive and key wins by far. Bowles was a former bantamweight champion who had never been beaten like this before and his only previous loss was to the reigning UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, who Bowles lost the belt to in the WEC. It looks like it will be the rubber match between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber for the UFC bantamweight championship next.
Co-Main Event Middleweight bout: Wanderlei Silva (185 lbs. 33-11-1, 1NC) vs. Cung Le (185 lbs.7-1)
-Hometown boy, Cung Le, makes his UFC debut here. Despite San Jose being his hometown, he gets a bit of a mixed reaction from the crowd. One might chalk that up to his opponent being the MMA legend and former Pride champion, Wanderlei Silva.
-Wanderlei Silva gets the much bigger reaction from the San Jose crowd and his entrance seems to have a little more juice and pageantry to it.
-The referee for this co-main event, middleweight bout is Dan Stell.
ROUND ONE: They touch gloves and here we go. Cung Le moves forward with some punches. Le gets an inside leg kick, but Silva answers back with some swinging punches. Le lands with a discus right punch. Le attempts a spinning back kick, but it doesn’t really land on anything. Le rocks Silva with another discus punch, but Silva recovers and gets back in it. Le starts letting go with more of his spinning kick attacks. Le appears to have Silva backing up quite a bit. They trade on some punches. Le lands on a kick to the side of Silva’s ribs. Le lets another spinning back kick go toward the upper chest area of Silva. Silva tries to come forward with some more punches. The crowd is getting really pumped for this fight and starts chanting for Silva. Silva lets go with a head kick that looks to may have stunned Le. Silva starts getting a little more aggressive with his punching attack and it looks like the fight just might be turning around before the round comes to a close.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Le, 10-9 for Le overall.
ROUND TWO: A punch from Le staggers Silva to where he lands on his behind but he quickly gets back up. Le continues to move forward and hits Silva with an axe-like kick. Le lands a kick to Silva’s midsection. The crowd then starts chanting for Cung Le. Le does a nice little inside leg kick into a spinning back-fist. They exchange punches standing. They trade on some leg kicks. Silva moves forward with a punching combination that lands on Le. Le starts to throw some more kicks and lands on a “hopping sidekick” on Silva (thanks Joe Rogan). Silva moves forward and attacks Le and Le goes down. Le gets back up, but Silva grabs Le into a headlock and starts landing some huge knees. They separate. Silva starts landing some Muay Thai clinch knees and Le shoots in for a takedown. Silva stuffs it and lands a barrage of punches to Le’s head. Le is unable to defend and referee Dan Stell stops it! Silva wins in the UFC for the first time in almost two years.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Wanderlei Silva by KO at 2:57, Round 2.
-Silva is with Rogan. Silva says this moment is unbelievable and he worked very hard for this fight. Le hit Silva hard in the first round but he credits the man upstairs for helping him get through. Silva says Le is a really tough guy and kicked him really hard.
-Silva finally wins a fight many thought he would lose and would possibly force him to retire. The crowd was absolutely electric to this fight and it was a great back and forth battle.
Main Event Light Heavyweight bout, Five Rounds: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (205 lbs. 20-5) vs. Dan Henderson (203 lbs. 28-8)
-Dan Henderson makes his return to the UFC after going 3-1 in Strikeforce and winning their light heavyweight title. Dan Henderson won the 2005 Pride Welterweight Grand Prix and title and is also the former Pride Middleweight Champion. Shogun won the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix and is also a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.
-This will be a five round main event. Josh Rosenthal is the appointed referee.
ROUND ONE: They touch gloves and here we go for the main event. Shogun starts with an outside leg kick. Hendo looks like he landed a solid right punch on Shogun. Shogun tries to recover and shoot in, but Hendo grabs onto a guillotine choke. Hendo then unleashes a barrage of punches on Shogun against the cage. Shogun is cut over his left eye. Shogun shoots in for a single-leg takedown, but Hendo stuffs it and unloads more punches. They clinch up against the fence and Hendo just shoves Shogun off who falls to his back. Shogun gets back up. Hendo moves forwad with some punches. Shogun is already starting to look like he might be tired. Shogun shoots in and clinches, but Hendo defends the takedown. Shogun lands on a good right hook. Shogun lands a stiff uppercut on Hendo. Hendo is hurt and Hendo shoots in on Shogun. Hendo recovers and gets back to his feet and lands some punches on Shogun against the cage. Shogun tries to push forward and they clinch against the cage. They trade some knees and punches in the clinch and the first round comes to an end.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Henderson, 10-9 for Henderson overall.
ROUND TWO: The crowd is pumped for this next round. They exchange some punches standing and end back up against the fence. Shogun tries to slow the pace down with some knee strikes. Hendo breaks the clinch and lands some punches. Hendo moves forward and gets some big punches and an uppercut. Shogun recovers and counters with a left hook. Hendo looks to be landing the bigger shots. They trade more standing. Shogun comes forward again and clinches Hendo against the cage. Shogun lands a right hook in the clinch. Hendo turns it around and lands some punches of his own. Hendo hooks under both arms to try and take a breather. Hendo keeps it agains the fence and there’s not much action happening now. Josh Rosenthal calls for a clean break and they go back to the center. They trade more punches standing, but Hendo lands some of the more solid shots and another uppercut.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Henderson, 20-18 for Henderson overall.
ROUND THREE: Henderson’s corner thinks Shogun is done. They both try to get in close with their attacks and punches. Hendo attacks Shogun against the fence, but Shogun answers back. Hendo goes for the single and almost gets it, but Hendo is too far away from Shogun and Shogun quickly gets back up. Henderson lands an inside leg kick and a big right hand. Shogun goes down and Hendo unleashes a barrage of ground punches. Shogun desperately tries to hang on. Shogun is able to pull half guard. Shogun grabs a leg and tries for a heel lock! Hendo struggles and gets out of the hold. Shogun gets back to his feet and clinches Hendo against the fence. This pace and fight is clearly taking its toll on both guys. Shogun keeps going for the takedown and Henderson tries to land some elbow strikes, but Shogun is able to get the takedown. Henderson is able to recover and quickly get back up. They remain in the clinch and Shogun lands some punches after they separate. What an epic, legendary fight this is shaping up to be.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Henderson, 30-27 for Henderson overall.
ROUND FOUR: Shogun’s left eye looks to be almost swollen shut. Shogun shoots in for the takedown and eventually able to work hendo to the ground. Hendo switches it and gets Shogun’s back. Henderson sweeps Shogun over with a crucifix and tries for a RNC but Shogun escapes and gets back up. Henderson shoots and gets a double-leg takedown and gets side control. The fight goes into half-guard, and Hendo tries for a guillotine choke but can’t keep it on. Shogun is able to get full-guard. Hendo stands up and lands some big bombs. Shogun is able to get back up again, but he is looking extremely tired. Granted Hendo is also looking tired as well. Shogun lands with some punches and Hendo is breathing heavy. Shogun lands with a big uppercut that wobbles Hendo. Hendo recovers and shoots for a single but doesn’t get it. Hendo is hurt, but it doesn’t look like Shogun is able to mount enough of an attack to score the finish. Shogun lands a takedown and gets the full mount. Shogun almost gets Hendo’s back and almost gets a choke, but Hendo survives and turns the position over into full-guard.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Shogun, 39-37 for Henderson overall.
ROUND FIVE: They both go back in for the fifth and final round for quite possibly one of the greatest UFC battles in the history of history. Shogun gets a throw and gets Henderson to the ground right into side control. Hendo uses his legs to push up on the fence. Shogun transitions to full mount. Shogun lands some punches, but Hendo hangs on. Hendo looks like he lost his mouthpiece. Henderson tries to defend himself. Henderson attempts to grab onto a guillotine choke and gets half-guard. Hendo tries to control the posture. Shogun is able to get full mount yet again. Shogun isn’t quite able to get Hendo’s back. Shogun does not look like he has enough strength to mount the finish. Hendo keeps turning over and is able to hang on. Shogun is able to pass to full mount again. Shogun lands some punches but nothing that looks like it will cause a finish. Less than a minute left. Shogun tries to smother Hendo and lands some punches. Hendo tries to struggle out of the mount but can’t quite do it. The round ends and that is the fight as it goes to the judges.
SCORECARD: 10-9 for Shogun, 48-47 for Henderson overall.
OFFICIAL RESULT: WINNER – Dan Henderson by Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47).
-Dan Henderson is with Joe Rogan who just won “one of the most epic fights in the UFC.” Henderson says, “An old guy can take an f’n punch.” Hendo says Shogun stayed in their strong and finished strong, but Hendo knew he won those first three rounds big. Hendo goes over the fight with Rogan and some of the spots where he almost stopped Shogun. Hendo gives credit to Shogun for staying in it.
-Rogan thanks Shogun for an amazing fight. Shogun says he will be better next time. Shogun congratulates Henderson.
-Henderson wins his UFC return and quite possibly the greatest fight of all time.
DVD BONUS FEATURES
The 411: Hendo vs. Shogun is without hyperbole the greatest MMA fight in history and the best MMA fight of year, and quite frankly the best MMA fight I have ever scene. It was one for the history books and one where for once you can truly believe both guys left absolutely everything inside the cage. That alone makes this set a must buy or at least check out the main event if you can, but the rest of the card ranges from good to great.
|Final Score: 10.0 [ Virtually Perfect ] legend|