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UFC 139 Aftermath: Party Like it’s 2007

Party Like a Rockstar also came out in 2007. Your mind = Blown. Props: Fox Sports

I’m willing to bet that more than a few sports writers have pointed out that four years ago, Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua would have been just as worthy of main event status as it was last night at UFC 139. That four years later, we’re still willing to pay to watch guys like Wanderlei Silva, Cung Le, Urijah Faber, Stephan Bonnar and Miguel Torres. That last night’s event appropriately enough took place in Strikeforce’s old stomping grounds in San Jose. For that matter, I’m pretty sure you heard all of that stuff at some point from Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan last night.

I tried to avoid those clichéd observations, but they’re too appropriate to ignore. As fans of mixed martial arts, we’ve been waiting at least four years for a fight between Pride legends Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to come together. Yet for as long as we’ve wanted to see this fight, what we were given last night was worth every second of the wait.

If you didn’t get to see it, please accept my condolences. There is no way to adequately sum up the five round, back and forth battle between Henderson and Shogun without watching the fight. In the end, Dan Henderson triumphantly returned to the UFC with a hard fought unanimous decision victory over Shogun that demonstrated why five round non-title main events could not have come at a better time.

The only thing left to say about last night’s main event is that Josh Rosenthal deserves much respect for allowing the fight to continue. There were multiple points- especially in the third round- where a lesser referee would have stopped the fight. Being a referee in MMA is a lot like being a punter in football: No one knows who you are until you mess up. Thankfully, Josh Rosenthal called the bout well, and fans were treated to what Dana White is calling one of the top three fights of all time. The $70k that both men took home for Fight of the Night was just the icing on the cake.

The evening’s co-main event got off to a depressing start, with “The Axe Murderer” getting caught early in the first round, and then appearing gunshy against Cung Le’s unorthodox attack. Yet as the fight went on, Silva managed to find his rhythm against Le, and began to push the pace against the former Strikeforce middleweight champion.

I’ll say this much about the “controversial” stoppage: You’re right, perhaps Cung Le was attempting to take down Wanderlei Silva. But after Le took multiple knees directly to his head, got dropped by a punch and then ate hammerfists from The Axe Murderer, can you really blame anyone who thought the whole scene looked more “clinging onto Wanderlei’s leg for dear life” than “in total control and attempting a takedown”? If you answered yes to that hypothetical question, take a good look at Cung Le moments after the stoppage. Let what you’re seeing really sink in.

For the record, Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le were also both awarded $70k for FOTN honors. It’s strange to see this fight on the same level as Henderson vs. Shogun. But when you arguably have the best fight in the history of the sport on the card, perhaps it’s best to give out two FOTN bonuses.

If Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles took place back in 2007, odds are it would have looked almost identical to the fight we saw from them last night. Brian Bowles managed to tag Faber with some heavy shots, but couldn’t put together a significant offense against the former WEC featherweight champion. Once Faber dropped Bowles in the second round, the fight was over, as Urijah utilized some brutal elbows en route to a fight finishing guillotine choke. The victory earns Urijah Faber the $70K Submission of the Night bonus.

Also of note, Martin Kampmann nearly fell victim to a controversial decision again last night. Despite dominating Rick Story, Kampmann still lost the fight on one of the judge’s scorecards, earning him a split-decision victory over Story. If Wikipedia is to be trusted, the decision was the result of a judges error and the fight has since been ruled a unanimous decision victory for Kampmann. Stephan Bonnar made it three straight victories last night with an impressive unanimous decision victory over Kyle Kingsbury. Bonnar completely neutralized Kingsbury’s attack with his wrestling. After the fight, “The American Psycho” did two things that pretty much nobody expected: He apologized to Josh Koscheck and called out “Rampage” Jackson. Furthermore, the $70k Knockout of the Night bonus went to Michael McDonald for his first round knockout against UFC newcomer Alex Soto. McDonald improves to 14-1 overall, as well as 3-0 in the UFC.

Full Results:


Dan Henderson def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
Wanderlei Silva def. Cung Le via knockout (strikes) – Round 2, 4:49
Urijah Faber def. Brian Bowles via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:27
Martin Kampmann def. Rick Story via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Stephan Bonnar def. Kyle Kingsbury via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)


Ryan Bader def. Jason Brilz via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:17
Michael McDonald def. Alex Soto via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:56
Chris Weidman def. Tom Lawlor via technical submission (D’arce choke) – Round 1, 2:07
Gleison Tibau def. Rafael dos Anjos via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Miguel Torres def. Nick Pace via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Seth Baczynski def. Matt Brown via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 0:42
Danny Castillo def. Shamar Bailey via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:52

- @SethFalvo

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J3t- November 22, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Karma you watched that fight on a 13" fuzzy black & white TV, you clearly don't know wtf you saw
Gorgzilla- November 22, 2011 at 11:45 am
This is where a little fightmetric comes in handy my hard rockin' amigo! And they call it.... 47-47.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 22, 2011 at 7:19 am
I watched it multiple times man even if Shogun won the 4th round 10-9 which is all it would be thats not a draw.
Dagnut- November 22, 2011 at 1:17 am
^^^I think you need to watch round 4 again
KarmaAteMyCat- November 21, 2011 at 11:13 am
i had it
Rd1: Hendo 10-9
Rd2: Hendo:10-9
Rd3: Hendo:10-8
RD4: Could have gone either way but I give it to Hendo 10-9
RD5: Shogun:10-8
great fight regardless though
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Dagnut- November 21, 2011 at 8:27 am
hmm just watched it he called it 48-47 I was completely wrong..drunker than I thought
Dagnut- November 21, 2011 at 7:59 am
@ Get of Me ...not trying to troll you at all..the fight was announced 47-46 by buffer..I didn't see the judges score cards so apologies if I'm wrong but pretty sure Buffer called it 47-46...

edit..just seen the score cards you are right
Get Off Me- November 21, 2011 at 6:02 am
Go look at the judges cards, all judges scored the bout 48-47.
Who scored the fight 47-46, which judge? which judge scored a 10-8 round? Re-read my post, this seems to be a trend lately, maybe i'm the target of an elaborate troll conspiracy.
What I think should have happend(once more just for you)
Rua-----9+9+9+10+10= 47
Hendo--10+10+10+9+8= 47
It all adds up to a draw, 47-47, but that is what I think should have happened.
Who scored the fight 47-46? Tell me and tell me "maths is not your strong point no?" again.
Dagnut- November 21, 2011 at 4:08 am
@ Get Off me...maths is not your strong point no? if there were no 10-8 rounds how did the score end up 47-46? how do you end up with that?
10+10+10+9+9= 48
9+9+9+10+10 = 47
jizzninja- November 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm
^ fucking clownshoe
Casa de los pantelones- November 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm
A top 3 chin? And I'm the idiot? lol, that fight was mediocre at best.

Hendo was gassed by the 4th, definitely the 5th, and Rua just wasn't exciting. When is a decision ever 'that' exciting...Suck it up crybabies. By best fight, I assume one means a back and forth brawl that is exciting. There was no back and forth, it was all Hendo to start, then once hendo started gassing, Rua was on.

Good fight, but far from remotely coming close to anywhere near best ever.
Get Off Me- November 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm
"How is it a draw? first 3 to hendo, with the third a 10-8. Last two to Shogun, with the fifth a 10-8. Perfect judging."

@Iskander Neptu
No. All 3 scored the fight identically rd.1-3 Hendo 10-9 rd.4-5 Rua 10-9. There were no 10-8's by any of the judges.
Hendo definitely did not win rd.3 10-8, yes he hurt Rua, but with about 2mins left Rua went for a knee bar, stood back up and pressed Hendo against the fence for the remainder of the round.
The most lopsided round of the fight was the 5th and Hendo mounted zero offense and it should have been a 10-8(as you said).
That's how you get the right score of 47-47 for that fight. how could you have a loser in that fight? is the question.
Cro mag- November 20, 2011 at 7:44 pm
First I just want to welcome Hendo back to the UFC. The main event was absolutely nuts, mad props to Rua as well.
Spitting into the wind- November 20, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Fucking great night of fights.
I scored the main event a draw also. 47-47.
I thought the refs outside of Josh Rosenthal were universally poor.
I thought the judges, what we saw of them were utterly incompetent.
I thought Mike Goldberg had one of his worst nights in a long while.Besides his contemptible match calling, there was the incessant shilling of products right in the middle of a blazing exchange btwn fighters.
I also thought the San jose crowd sucked in general and that the director did a shit job in choosing camera angles to use during the fights.
Saying all that negative shit tho, I enjoyed every single fight on the card. It was a fucking great event.
Iskander Neptu- November 20, 2011 at 5:04 pm
How is it a draw? first 3 to hendo, with the third a 10-8. Last two to Shogun, with the fifth a 10-8. Perfect judging.
Wanderlei should retire. He's ssssllllloooooow. How many more hand picked strikers can they find for him?
edhedicus- November 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Seems like you have to have a huge knockdown and have everyone saying that the ref should have stopped the fight to get a 10-8. Shogun pounded on Hendo and out grappled him, but didn't have that one dramatic shot that always seems to be required for the elusive 10-8. Still an amazing fantastic fight, and will Bones be able to handle the H-bomb?
Get Off Me- November 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm
While I do not think Cung Le would have come back in the third round, I do believe that he was not "not intelligently defending himself" at the end of the second round.
Shogun Hendo should have been a draw, everyone I was watching with pretty much wanted a draw as well, looking at Bonnar winning a round 10-8 over kingsbury I do not see how Rua in the final round did not get the same score on at least one of the judges cards.
Great night of fights nonetheless, I would really like to see Shogun vs. Rampage next, eventhough he lost on paper, I think both Hendo and Rua should be considered as winners in that fight.
Hendo would be perfect for Rashad for a no.1 contender bout.
Flaneritz- November 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm
perhaps they should create a new column in Shogun's record for a "non-loss"???
Flaneritz- November 20, 2011 at 12:52 pm
I saw it as a draw as well. It is understandable though. Henderson deff. took 3 rounds to two. I just don't remember Henderson even landing a hit in the 5th round. Did he??? I felt that was a 10-8 for sure. The only reason I didn't see a 10-8 in the 3rd was the fact that Shogun started taking control toward the end of it.
J3t- November 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm
What UFC fighter is this in a street fight?

If he woulda hit Karma in his glass jaw like that bruh woulda been OUT.
Waldizzle- November 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I had it as 47-47 as well, but as I said to the lads before the decision was announced, I wouldn't have been disappointed with either decision tbh!
ElDandy- November 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Hell of a fight but with that said I think if they would have indeed fought just 3 rounds it would have been without a doubt the best fight ever.Imagaine all those power shots bottled up into 3 amazing rounds.
danomite- November 20, 2011 at 11:46 am
So nobody thinks that should have been a draw? the first three rounds were 10-9 for hendo, with the last being close to a 10-8 if shogun hadn't bounced back and won the last minute or two. Then a 10-9 for shogun and an obvious 10-8 for shogun in the last round. seemed like the clearest draw I've ever watched.