As it is Shogun’s Birthday today I will post this in his honor. OK. This is the last time I will post something about this fight specifically, but finally someone has made a decent highlight for the epic battle between Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson. Although there is no way to do a 25 minute war justice in just a 5 minute clip, this video pretty much sums up the majority of the action and twists and turns.
“I hit him as clean and hard as I have ever hit anybody.”
As I write this I am still in awe of the fight I saw last Saturday. At this moment in time Shogun and Hendo have both recieved 6 month suspensions. Henderson due to a fractured thumb and Shogun needs to have his head scanned as doctors believe he may have a fractured skull. A FRACTURED SKULL… He was hit so hard in the head that it broke… then fought back to win the last two rounds of the fight.
*Yes, that is an IV drip in Dan Henderson’s arm to replenish his body after extreme exhaustion.
I think the amount of effort expended by both fighters is obvious to anyone watching this video considering the state they were in following the fight. If you haven’t seen the fight yet. DO IT!
MMA Nation have written a great article on Dan Henderson’s early career in Japan’s RINGS promotion. With his return to the UFC against Shogun tonight, it’s a great reminder of why this fight is so interesting. Whoever wins, it is going to be a VIOLENT encounter.
Read the article here.
Pride will never die.