Dan Henderson thanked his UFC 139 opponent Shogun Rua after being their historic fight inducted into ‘Fight Wing’ of UFC hall of fame. Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) lost to Henderson (32-15 MMA, 9-9 UFC) that night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
“I want to give thanks to Shogun for bringing out the warrior in me.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 6, 2018
Henderson faced Maurício Rua on November 19, 2011, at UFC 139 for his third run in the UFC after defeating Fedor Emelianenko via KO at 4:12 of the 1st round. This was the last fight on Henderson’s Strikeforce contract. He holds a record of holding the titles in all major MMA promotions at that time other than the UFC.
Three years later, Henderson rocked Rua with an H-Bomb and earned a TKO victory in a rematch at UFC Fight Night 38. The result didn’t change much; Henderson, 47, retired from the sport in 2016 after a failed bid for the UFC middleweight title against Micheal Bisping.
Rua, 36, still continues to fight and is on a three-fight winning streak. He is to meet Volkan Oezdemir in July at UFC Fight Night 134.