Hendo-Shogun Likely to Headline UFC 139 in San Jose


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Dan Henderson is back in the UFC. | Photo: Dave Mandel


Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson will return to the Octagon in November against former UFC titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Both sides have verbally agreed to the contest, Sherdog.com confirmed Monday following an initial report from MMAWeekly.com, and the bout likely will serve as the new main event of UFC 139.

The pay-per-view card, which takes place Nov. 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., was previously set to be headlined by another high-profile U.S.-Brazil showdown, Cain Velasquez versus Junior dos Santos. The heavyweight title tilt will instead go down one week earlier in Anaheim for the promotion’s Fox debut.

Henderon was last seen in the UFC in July 2009, when he knocked out Michael Bisping in vicious fashion. The 41-year-old makes his UFC comeback after posting a 3-1 record in Strikeforce. “Hendo” captured his 205-pound gold with a March stoppage of Rafael Cavalcante and in July became the first man ever to knock out heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko.

Rua, 29, comes fresh off a two-minute demolition of Forrest Griffin on Aug. 27 in Rio de Janeiro. The vintage performance put the Brazilian back on track following the first knockout loss of his nine-year career, a March title loss to current 205-pound ace Jon Jones.

Other matchups expected for the Nov. 19 card include a middleweight duel pitting another former Strikeforce champ, Cung Le, against Vitor Belfort, and a high-profile bantamweight affair between ex-WEC titlists Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 24 days ago
  • 50 views

Antonio Silva got the best of Andrei Arlovski under the Strikeforce banner in 2010. “Bigfoot” will apparently get the chance to do the same on his home soil this September. more

  • a day ago
  • 2 views

SAN JOSE – Former Strikeforce standout Gina Carano is still on the UFC’s radar, but UFC President Dana White fell short on his targeted goal of closing a deal this week.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 22 days ago
  • 140 views

If you don't ask, you never know, right? Help wanted: New "guy in UFCs production truck." Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) ringside announcer, Joe Rogan, put women's Bantamweight champion, Ronday Rousey, on the spot during a post-victory interview after she smashed Alexis Davis in 16 seconds (read fight recap here) in UFC 175's co-main event. And it didn't go over too well. Rogan -- at the behest of some poor soul "in the production truck" -- asked "Rowdy" if she would be interested in makin more

  • 17 days ago
  • 43 views

Green is forced to abandon Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 47 in Maine; however, the promotion is expected to find a new opponent for "Killa" in the next few days. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight number one contender, Josh Thomson, is still competing this month, thanks to a last-minute save from Bobby Green for the upcoming UFC on FOX 12 event, scheduled for the SAP Center in San Jose, California, on July 26, 2014. FOX Sports brought word of the 155-pound pairing earlier more

  • 14 days ago
  • 17 views

Programming needs have sent four preliminary-card bouts from this month’s UFC on FOX 12 card to the big network.Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC more

  • a day ago
  • 6 views

Sherdog.com reports from the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., with live UFC on Fox 12 “Lawler vs. Brown” results and play-by-play. more

  • 8 days ago
  • 275 views

Watch UFC on FOX 12: Road to the Octagon for FOX's preview of the latest UFC event on July 26 in San Jose, Calif. In the main event, Robbie Lawler squares off against Matt Brown in the main event. Anthony Johnson faces Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the co-main event. more

  • 7 days ago
  • 381 views

Video: UFC on FOX 12: "Road to the Octagon" preview for the "Lawler vs Brown" network-televised mixed martial arts (MMA) event, scheduled for the SAP Center in San Jose, California, on Sat., July 26, 2014, featuring the ruthlessly immortal headliner. more

  • 7 days ago
  • 183 views

This Saturday in San Jose, California, a highly anticipated fight finally takes place in the welterweight division between "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler and Matt Brown. Brown is on a highly impressive win streak and the best run of his career, while Lawler is itching to get another shot at the title and Johny Hendricks. The fans have been excited for this fight since the moment it was announced, because these two are going to go out and have an absolute war. The winner of this fight has been confirme more