“Shogun” Rua Talks Upcoming Rematch With “Hendo”: I’m Going For The Knockout

Back in 2011 at UFC 139, Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua fought in one of the greatest fights of all time. There epic back-and-forth war, on November 19th, won “Fight of the Year” honours for both men and will be remembered for years to come.

Last month fans were ecstatic to find out that the pair had been booked for a rematch in March, at UFC Fight Night 38; the fight is now eagerly being awaited on.

“Shogun” spoke to MMAFighting.com recently about his upcoming fight with “Hendo”, saying he expects their rematch to be great just like the first.

“He’s a tough opponent and comes forward all the time,” Rua said. “He’s a specialist in the striking game and I’m sure he’ll try that against me. It’s going to be an interesting fight.”

“We’re both aggressive fighters, we don’t go there to play it safe, so it’s going to be a great fight. The first fight with Dan Henderson was a war, everybody loved it. Every MMA fan wants to see it again and, God willing, I’ll get out with the win this time.”

Henderson picked up a unanimous decision win in their last fight but many fans thought the fight was a lot closer, possibly even being a draw; maybe even a win for Rua. However, the former UFC light-heavyweight champion says he has “already swallowed” the close loss but he still thinks the judges made the wrong call.

“I can’t do anything about it, but I think a draw would have been fairer,” Rua said. “But it’s in the past. I’m focused on March 23 now.”

The Brazilian knows the fight is an important one for him as well as Henderson, but this time Rua isn’t prepared on leaving the outcome in the hands of the judges.

“It’s a rematch, and I’m going there to get a win. I will go for the finish all the time. Everybody knows that that’s how I fight, so I’m going for the knockout.”

Rua might be a lot more confident coming into this fight than he was back in 2011. When they first fought Henderson was coming off a three-fight win streak, with his last fight being the biggest win of his career.

This time around Henderson is coming in on the end of three straight losses, with the most recent being the first knockout loss of his career.

Do you think Rua has what it takes to knock “Hendo” out?


  1. Avatar of DanaBlack


    February 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    To answer your final question, absolutely. Either of these guys has what is takes to get a KO in this fight. Looking at Hendo's last fight, I think he could be a little more vulnerable this time.

  2. Avatar of DG1


    February 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    It will be a good fight but Hendo doesn't have the steam to make it for five rounds like last time. If Hendo doesn't get the KO in the first two rounds he's a gonner.

  3. Avatar of akieyugames


    February 6, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Rua by 1st or 2nd round KO, I'm also a Hendo fan since the old days, but I don't care if he's on TRT or whatever, it's Rua's hands that's gonna be raised,

  4. Avatar of IgorBg


    February 7, 2014 at 7:09 am

    When Shogun win, and Belfort maybe lose in their next fights, that would be a good fight.

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