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UFC Fight Night 38: Henderson breaks Shogun's nose!

Dan Henderson breaks Shogun's nose in UFC Fight Night 38

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua gets caught by Dan Henderson in third round after having dominated the first two


43 year-old Dan Henderson has won once again in this highly anticipated, second fight against Shogun Rua but this time it didn't need to go all 5 rounds. The American dropped his Brazilian opponent in round 3 with a devastating trademark "H-bomb" and referee had no choice but to stop the contest after Shogun failed to respond to the followup hammerfists. The old but legendary veteran needs no introduction, Henderson was the only MMA fighter to have held two title belts of different weight classes at the same time and in his first meeting with Shogun at UFC 139, it was proclaimed by many as the best fight in the UFC of the year 2011.



It was a much slower tempo fight compared to their first meeting and it certainly didn't look like Henderson was going to win as Shogun was pushing forward, controlling the cage and dropping Henderson once in each of the first two rounds. In round 1, Shogun got backed up to the fence but there wasn't really any danger for him and he just countered with a two hook punches which got Henderson in all sorts of trouble. He was wobbly when he tried to get back to his feet, he grabbed the fence and he got mounted by Shogun but the bell saved his ass. In round 2, Henderson got dropped by a sneaky uppercut but he recovered quicker this time.

Shogun Rua broken nose by Dan Henderson in UFC Fight Night 38 Shogun was on the way to victory if the bout had gone to decision but he probably got a bit too comfortable and that one mistake caused his loss. Both fighters got into light clinching in the middle of the octagon and when Shogun was swinging off to escape, he carelessly left his face open for a Henderson to attack with a power hook. It was clean, quick and powerful, and it rearranged Shogun's nose. He was down, grabbing onto Henderson's foot while getting punishing by hammerfists before Herb Dean came to stop the fight. The Mexican crowd was stunned and silenced. What a finish.

I only managed to watch the main event but according to the pundits, the other fights were very good as well with 7 finishes on the night. Got to watch the whole thing. However, I am truly disappointed and disturbed with the cancellation of the bout between Will Chope and Diego Brandao. Pretty stupid of the UFC to only decide to cancel the fight and cut a fighter hour before the event. Apparently, Will had violently assaulted his ex-wife but it was FIVE FUCKING YEARS AGO before he became a professional fighter. Come on, is UFC not a place of second chance?

UFC Fight Night 38: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 - Full Results


Fight of the Night: Maurício Rua vs. Dan Henderson
Performance of the Night: Dan Henderson and Godofredo Castro

MAIN CARD

Light Heavyweight: Dan Henderson def. Maurício Rua | TKO (punches) | R3 1:31
Middleweight: C.B. Dollaway def. Cezar Ferreira | TKO (punches) | R1 0:39
Lightweight: Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke | Draw (majority) | 3 rounds
Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Featherweight: Rony Jason def. Steven Siler | TKO (punches) | R1 1:17

PRELIMINARY CARD

Catchweight (190 lbs): Thiago Santos def. Ronny Markes | TKO (body kick and punches) | R1 0:53
Flyweight: Jussier Formiga def. Scott Jorgensen | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R1 3:07
Welterweight: Kenny Robertson def. Thiago Perpétuo | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R1 1:45
Light Heavyweight: Hans Stringer def. Francimar Barroso | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Featherweight: Godofredo Castro def. Noad Lahat | KO (flying knee) | R1 2:39


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