Watch out for that right hook, Shogun! Dan Henderson looked wobbly throughout his Fight Night match against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua on March 23, but in a stunning turn of events, the American fighter landed a TKO in the third round to stop his three-match losing streak.
One good shot — that’s all it takes to win a UFC fight. Dan Henderson proved that in Natal, Brazil on March 23 as his third round right hander sealed up an incredible TKO against Mauricio Rua. At 43 years old and in the midst of a losing streak, Hendo appeared to be on his way out of the UFC circuit, but this shocking result means the light heavyweight will live to fight another day.
UFC Fight Night 38: Dan Henderson Defeats Mauricio Rua
The finish came at the 1:31 mark of the third round when Dan landed his patented right hand on Rua, aka “Shogun.” The blow caused Shogun to flip completely backwards and after a failed turtle leg recovery, Hendo dealt a few hammerfists on his defenseless opponent before the fight was stopped.
It was a huge turn of events, as Shogun definitely seemed to have the upper hand in the fight. Hendo was on shaky legs the entire night and was actually knocked down on multiple occasions. In fact, if the bell hadn’t rung as Dan was being pummeled by Shogun’s hammerfists, the fight likely would have been stopped in the first round.
“You know, this one probably means more than most,” Dan told ESPN after the match. “Shogun is such a big part of mixed martial arts; such a talented, tough fighter.” But besides prevailing over a worthy opponent, Dan’s win also ended an embarrassing skid. “After the year I had, coming off that, I wanted to make sure I got a win.”
Mission accomplished. Were YOU shocked by the UFC result? Let us know!
– Andrew Gruttadaro