Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson went to battle one more time in last night's UFC Fight Night main event. Read how the fight played out all the way up to its shocking end.

On a night filled with great action and terrific finishes, the UFC Fight Night main event between Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua provided us with another spectacular finish in what would prove to be the Fight of the Night in Natal, Brazil.

The opening round of this light heavyweight rematch was fought at a more measured pace, as opposed to the frantic nature of their first meeting in 2011. Shogun chopped away at Henderson's legs, while Henderson kept searching for that famed H-Bomb right hand. It was Henderson who first hurt Shogun with a left, but Henderson himself was knocked down by a left hook. Shogun had the chance to salt it away early but Hendo's chin held up and the fight went to a 2nd round.

Henderson badly missed on a takedown to the point where he careened himself into the fence. Seconds later he was sent to the canvas by Shogun following a big uppercut, but unlike the 1st round, Shogun could only manage to lay in Henderson's guard and not add to the damage. After two rounds it was clearly all Rua and Henderson needed something in the last 3 rounds to get the victory.

Round 3 saw Henderson keep searching for the right hand as Shogun dictated the pace and was keen to stand in front of him. The two men went into a clinch and as they separated ... the H-Bomb detonated. Shogun flew back and was badly stunned, and Henderson moved in on the vulnerable Brazilian and started throwing several strikes, of which the legality of them have been called into question, to Shogun's head, and Herb Dean called it off. An incredible comeback by Henderson much to the dismay of the Brazilian fans in attendance. Official Result: Dan Henderson def. Mauricio Rua via TKO (punches) at 1:31, round 3.

What was the high point of the fight?

It's a cop-out to say the KO, so I'll pinpoint the late 1st round where Shogun was briefly buzzed by a left hand from Henderson and as Henderson came forward, Shogun dropped him with a left hook. As Shogun pounced it looked like Henderson was on his way towards a 1st round loss, but he survived and obviously went on to win.

Where do these two go from here?

Well that's a loaded question. Shogun (22-9) is now 3-5 in his last 8 and this is just about the first time I can recall him failing to finish off an opponent he had badly hurt. He was absolutely starched by that right hook from Henderson and that might just shut the door on him fighting top 10 ranked guys again. With the damage piling up, I'd prefer retirement, but I guess Shogun will just go on the senior circuit until he calls it a career.

Henderson (30-11) snaps a 3 fight losing streak in some style, and while the performance itself indicates a considerable decline, his power is still there and it showed against Rua in that 3rd round. Any talk of him being a title contender should be instantly defused, but he's obviously not finished competing against the best the UFC's 205 lbs division has to offer, so he'll probably continue getting those match-ups for however long he has left in the sport.

Watch it now, later, or never?

Now. Obviously won't live up to the first fight, but it was still filled with action and a highly climactic and unbelievable finish.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night 68 in Tweets: Pros react to Dan Henderson's blistering knockout of Tim Boetsch

  • 28 days ago
  • 24 views

Let's just admit it: UFC Fight Night 68 was a lot better than many expected (this writer included). The entire main card featured finishes, but more importantly, there were awkward post-fight intervi read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68: Henderson vs. Boetsch full fight video highlights

  • 28 days ago
  • 121 views

Check out the full video highlights of Dan Henderson's big win over Tim Boetsch in the main event of UFC Fight Night 68. Dan Henderson proved that he still has something to offer in the octagon with read news >>

Knockout! Dan Henderson vs Tim Boetsch full fight video highlights from UFC Fight Night 68 last night

  • 28 days ago
  • 97 views

H-BOMBS AWAY! Dan Henderson got a heck of a boost last night (Sat., June 6, 2015) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 68, which took place inside Smoothie Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. "Hendo" - read news >>

UFC New Orleans Fight Highlights: Dan Henderson H-Bombs Tim Boetsch

  • 28 days ago
  • 29 views

Check out the UFC Fight Night 68 main event fight pitting Tim Boetsch vs. Dan Henderson. read news >>

Twitter reacts to Dan Henderson's knockout of Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 68

  • 28 days ago
  • 52 views

Check out the reaction of MMA media and fighters to Dan Henderson’s shockingly quick TKO of Tim Boetsch in the main event of UFC Fight Night 68.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch full fight video highlights

  • 28 days ago
  • 270 views

Watch Dan Henderson vs. Tim Boetsch full fight video highlights from UFC Fight Night 68's main event above, courtesy of FOX Sports 1. UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson took place June 6, 2015 at read news >>

UFC New Orleans Results: Dan Henderson Finishes Tim Boetsch in 28 Seconds

  • 28 days ago
  • 26 views

Dan Henderson picked up a first-round finish with a mauling of Tim Boetsch in the main event at UFC New Orleans on Saturday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 results: Dan Henderson turns back time, finishes Tim Boetsch early with devastating 'H-Bomb'

  • 28 days ago
  • 7 views

With just one win in his six most recent Octagon outings, the pressure was on Dan Henderson to turn in a solid performance tonight (Sat., June 6, 2015) against Tim Boetsch in the main event of UFC Fi read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 results: Dan Henderson turns back time, rolls over Tim Boetsch

  • 28 days ago
  • 5 views

Dan Henderson laughs at your feeble attempts to force him into retirement. The only man ever to hold simultaneously hold major world titles in multiple weight classes came out with guns blazing Satur read news >>

UFC Fight Night 68 results: Dan Henderson demolishes Tim Boetsch in 28 seconds

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

NEW ORLEANS – On the brink of being counted out, Dan Henderson once again batted aside the doubters with his concussive right hand. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>