(Shogun vs. Henderson 2 highlights via Fox Sports)
Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua fought for the second time last night in Natal, Brazil, and though we weren’t treated to another five-round dogfight, the rematch turned out to be nearly as incredible as their first meeting. This time, it was Henderson who was getting beaten up in the early rounds, as an energized Shogun Rua came close to finishing the American legend on more than one occasion. It seemed like Henderson’s heart, experience, and still-solid chin were the only things keeping him alive going into round three. And then…boo-yah.
All it took was one right hand directly across the chin to snap Shogun’s head back and send him into a backwards somersault across the mat. Arguably, referee Herb Dean could have stopped the fight as soon as Shogun went ass-over-teakettle, but he allowed Hendo to follow up the knockdown with some controversial blows to the back of the head, as Shogun groggily clung to Henderson’s leg. To those of you who expected Herb Dean to penalize Henderson during the finishing sequence: You haven’t been watching MMA for very long, have you?
Henderson and Rua each earned $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses for their headlining battle, and Dan Henderson also scored a $50,000 Performance of the Night award. (The unofficial Broken Nose of the Night award went to Shogun.) The other Performance of the Night bonus went to Godofredo “Pepey” Castro, who wrecked Israeli UFC newcomer Noad Lahat with a flying knee in the first fight of the night.
The Pepey/Lahat KO was just one of five matches at UFC Fight Night 38 that ended in the first round. Notably, middleweight vet CB Dollaway TKO’d TUF Brazil 1 winner Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira in just 39 seconds with an impressive display of counter-punching, which you can watch below…
Speaking of fights that lasted less than a minute, Thiago Santos TKO’d Ronny Markes in 53 seconds during the prelims, thanks to a well-placed body-kick. Considering that Markes missed weight by five pounds for the match, and he was already coming off a loss to Yoel Romero, his days in the promotion might be numbered.
“Possibly Early Stoppage of the Night” goes to the Steven Siler vs. Rony “Jason” Bezerra main card fight, which Jason won by first-round TKO after knocking Siler down with punches. The ref jumped in as soon as Siler hit the mat, drawing an immediate protest from the American featherweight. Not that Siler wasn’t hurt — but clearly there was some inconsistency in the officiating last night, when you consider how many opportunities Dan Henderson was given to recover after being rocked.
Speaking of controversial endings, Scott Jorgensen succumbed to a first-round rear-naked choke in his latest appearance at flyweight against Jussier Formiga. Jorgensen thought he was dropped by a head-butt. Formiga denies it. It doesn’t really matter because the ref didn’t see it. Jorgensen has now lost five of his last six fights.
As for fights that went the distance, Norman Parke cost himself a victory against Leonardo Santos by getting a point deducted for shorts grabbing during their main card fight. Instead, the match ended in a majority draw. And in other point-deduction news, prelim fighter Mairbek Taisumov became just the second UFC fighter to have two separate point-deductions in a fight that went to the judges. (Taisumov was docked points for an illegal head-kick in round one and fence-grabbing in round two.) As a result, he lost a unanimous decision with scores of 30-25 across the board.
And finally, Will Chope — the guy who was kicked off the card at the last minute when his history of domestic violence was uncovered — will fight for ProFC on May 25th in Taiwan.
Once again, here are the complete results from UFC Fight Night 38: Shogun vs. Henderson 2…
- Dan Henderson def. Shogun Rua via TKO (punches), 1:31 of round 3
- C.B. Dolloway def. Cezar Ferreira via TKO (punches), 0:39 of round 1
- Leonardo Santos vs. Norman Parke ends in majority Draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
- Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-35)
- Rony Jason def. Steven Siler via TKO (punches), 1:17 of round 1
- Thiago Santos def. Ronny Markes via TKO (body kick and punches), 0:53 of round 1
- Jussier Formiga def. Scott Jorgensen via submission (rear naked choke), 3:07 of round 1
- Kenny Roberston def. Thiago Perpetuo via submission (rear naked choke), 1:45 of round 1
- Hans Stringer def. Francimar Barroso via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Godofredo Castro def. Noad Lahat via KO (flying knee), 2:39 of round 1