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Its Official: Hendo vs. Shogun at UFC 139

It looks like former UFC light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will be getting his wish. Multiple reports confirm that current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and “Shogun” have verbally agreed to face one another, likely as the main event of UFC 139.

The originally penned headliner for this event, a heavyweight title match between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, was moved to the UFC’s debut on Fox, which takes place Nov 12th at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. I think it’s safe to say that this will be a fair replacement; Rua’s last 5 wins have come by knockout, whereas “Hendo’s” last 4 wins have ended in similarly decisive fashion, the most recent being a first round knock out of former Pride heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.

Henderson’s last octagon appearance was highlighted by perhaps his most brutal finish to date over fellow TUF 9 coach Michael Bisping at UFC 100. Mauricio Rua on the other hand, is coming off a quick dispatching of Forrest Griffin in their rematch at UFC 134. A fight that has nothing but title implications written all over it, don’t expect this one to go to the judges, especially considering “Shogun’s” somewhat rocky history with them.

Speaking of title implications, UFC 139 will also feature former UFC light heavyweight champ and middleweight contender Vitor Belfort, taking on former Strikeforce middleweight kingpin Cung Le, as well as a bantamweight bout between former WEC featherweight champ Urijah Faber and former WEC bantamweight champ Brian Bowles. That’s a lotta (former) gold for one event, son. UFC 139 goes down November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.


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Todd M- September 21, 2011 at 9:49 pm
What I was going to say was sure the HW division is far stronger today than 5 years ago but this sport is so young that that will be the case for a while, fighters are imroving and evolving rapidly. In its heyday Pride had the toughest HW division, Cro Cop and Nog were far from cans, sure they didn't have as much luck in the UFC but they came over after fighting wars for 7 years. Fedor did start can crushing after Pride wrapped up and should of left M1 to pursue a career in the UFC, his bad, but you can't discount what he did in his prime, he beat everyone that was put in front of him. My original statement catch up on some Pride still applies, If you had you would not be calling legends cans or over rated. I'm not some nostalic either living in the Pride days, I didn't start watching MMA till after Pride was axed, but as a fan I watch everything I can get my hands on. Like I said the sport is young so for a long while we will be able to look back 5 years and say man the fighters are way better now, but this does not mean all of a sudden that those fighers were over rated or cans.
Todd M- September 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm
oh WTF where did the rest of my post go?
Todd M- September 21, 2011 at 9:26 pm
At the time it seemed like Pride had the best heavyweights in the world, but I argue, it was a point in time when the heavyweight division was weak.
texican666- September 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm
Crushing cans and being undefeated for 10 years makes Fedor over rated. He had a couple good fights back in Pride, but look at what happened to his competitors when they transitioned to the UFC. At the time it seemed like Pride had the best heavyweights in the world, but I argue, it was a point in time when the heavyweight division was weak. Name one Pride heavyweight who has consistently fought and won against high level competition. Maybe Big Nog, maybe. Now then, if GSP or Silva lost five in a row, they would not be considered over rated because of the high level of competition they have faced over the years, same with Chocolate Al. A can crusher is a can crusher, no matter how many cans were crushed.
Todd M- September 21, 2011 at 8:30 pm
Again you missed my point, I didn't sit here saying Fedor is relevant in todays landscape. Your statement Fedor is the most over rated fighter in history is idiotic. 'So do you get high and talk about the good old days, or is talking the good old days your drug of choice? The past is called the past for a reason, cuz time has passed. Just like MMA has passed by Fedor. And my Rua and Hendo are relevant comments were for snakdaddy, my bad for not clarifying that point.' WTF? Again the only point I bought up with you is the over rated comment, Being undefeated for 10 years while defending the HW belt in the strongest organization at the time means you are not overrated. Listen, Snackdaddy said some stupid shit, then u did, It doesn't mean one of u is right, you are both wrong. Fighters fall off, Imagine if GSP and Anderson Silva lost their next 5 fights in a row does that mean that they were over rated?, how about Chuck who lost his last 3 by KO, was he over rated?
texican666- September 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm
Todd M, explain how how Fedor is not over rated and still relevant to MMA. Look who he has to fight to hopefully pick up a win, no offense to an aged Jeff Monson, in Russia no less. Maybe years ago Fedor was the man, but not anymore. Doesn't matter what you say or think, FEDOR is no longer relevant in MMA. So do you get high and talk about the good old days, or is talking the good old days your drug of choice? The past is called the past for a reason, cuz time has passed. Just like MMA has passed by Fedor. And my Rua and Hendo are relevant comments were for snakdaddy, my bad for not clarifying that point. This fight will be a KOTN or FOTN candidate.
Mofo- September 21, 2011 at 6:40 am

1) "a-typical" does not mean whatever you think it means
2) "a-typical" does not have a hyphen in it
3) "Suckerpunch" means "without warning" and Fedor probably expected that entering the cage meant someone was gonna punch him
4) Numbered posts are condescending.
5) Yer an idjit.
Mofo- September 21, 2011 at 6:38 am
I know it's only Strikeforce but it's disrespectful to Hendo's belt that he isn't coming in to fight the champ. When Pride was absorbed, the Pride champs fought the UFC champs and that unification was great for worldwide MMA as a sport. UFC did a good job of respecting the WEC belts. But no love for Hendo's belt.
halfbreed23- September 21, 2011 at 3:59 am
We have Big Nog, Shogun and The Spider knocking fools out. Rampage is swinging for a title Saturday with Mark Hunt & Goku right under him on the main card. An Alistair Overeem fight is the hype for December. Hendo coming back. Vitor has a little dancing with a semi-star coming up. This is not your older brother's UFC. There is a lot of validation in it for a long time fan of Japanese MMA. No wonder UFC has planned an early 2012 trip to Japan.
Todd M- September 21, 2011 at 2:18 am
Whoa I don't know where to start but here goes, Fist off read my post, I never said Hendo and Rua are irrelevant, I mocked Snackdaddy for thinking that, then u popped in to show just how little u know about the sport. Your statement that Fedor is the most over rated fighter in MMA history is Moronic, Ignorant and plain laughable to any legitimate MMA fan. As for your personal 'attack' I don't drink so you would lose that bet devil boy
texican666- September 21, 2011 at 12:04 am
I'm sorry, Pride? Which was how long ago? Todd M, are you the type of guy who drinks and talks about how great you were in high school sports? I bet you are. Pride days have been long gone. Hendo and Rua are relevant fighters in MMA, more so then Fedor is right now, in the year of the good Lord, 2011. Get over Pride buddy.
ajaykumar- September 20, 2011 at 10:55 pm
That’s what I was referring to. I’ll change it up just for you.
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Todd M- September 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm
@ Snackdaddy, You sir are a moron
@ Texican666, You sir are a moron too, saying Fedor is the most over rated fighter in MMA history is as ignorant as saying Hendo and Shogun are has beens, My suggestion to both of you is catch up on your Pride
SnackDaddy- September 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm
The suckerpunch that Hendo threw from behind and under Fedor, that one. I'm not saying Dan didn't win the fight legitimately, i'm just saying he got extremely lucky. Fedor was throwing bombs before that and Dan was very close to getting KTFO.
Hendo's and Rua's times are up. They bring a very a-typical game to the cage. Rashad and Machida pose much more of threat to John Jones right now than those two.
Drinks2Much- September 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Yes I agree, Shallow AND Pedantic !
Fatty McDickbutts- September 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm
texican666- September 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm
I also read cagepotato cuz of you funny fuckers on the comments section. SnackDaddy, what "suckerpunch" did Hendo get away with? You're probably one those people who thinks because Fedor rolled over to his back that he was gonna pull a submision out of his ass, but the bitch ass ref stopped the fight. You know, cuz when Fedor rolled over, Hendo shit himself and prayed to almighty God the ref would stop the fight. But you know what? I wish the ref didn't stop Hendo so he could have continued to beat the ever loving shit out of the most over rated fighter in MMA history. And keep in mind Hendo is 40 something and a natural middleweight. Just because he doesn't like to cut weight to make 185 doesn't mean he isn't a natural middleweight.
Giblets- September 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm
^^ not trying to give you shit, just offering a workable solution until you unbunch those panties of yours
Giblets- September 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm
@ ArmFarmer
Good god you're annoying, you remind me of my complaining bitching ex girlfriend who only shut up when somebody elses cock was in her mouth. My suggestion is to stick somebody besides you boyfriends cock in your mouth.
RSparrow- September 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm
"I kind of would have rather" Don't be such a pushover, be sure of your self motherfucker. Just tryin to give ya a little shit bro.
fatbellyfrank- September 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Expect jesus said it all in the first comment
Rear Naked Poke- September 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm
i read Cagrpotato for the comments, we got some pretty funny regulars
macreadysshack- September 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm
@intercept440 Very true ... I was just spouting off - not really making a point. You are totally right though, Le is a san shou Pimp.
@SnackDaddy 'has beens'? Really? Just because somebody out there can beat them and their last fights were quick knockouts, which evidently = luck for you? Weird.
mDino- September 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm
lol, fo griff IS completely useless!
SnackDaddy- September 20, 2011 at 12:50 pm
Great, another fight between two has beens. Rua and Hendo both got lucky in their last fight. Hendo, cause his sucker punch got through and Rua, cause he was fighting a completely useless opponent. Johnny Bones is gonna destroy both of them- and make them look silly in the process.