In the main event at UFC Fight Night, Mauricio Shogun Rua (22-8 MMA; 6-6 UFC) takes on Dan Henderson (29-11 MMA; 6-5 UFC). This five round Light Heavyweight headlines the six fight UFC Fight Night main card. The UFC Rankings have Shogun as the #7 Light Heavyweight contender, Henderson at #8. UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 airs live from Natal, Brazil this Sunday, March 23 with a fight time of 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT. The show will air on Fox Sports 1, and again, that's a special Sunday show instead of the normal Saturday night.
As most any MMA fan can tell you, this is a rematch. And not just any rematch - it's a rematch of one of the greatest fights in the history of MMA. Shogun vs. Henderson 1 took place in 2011 at UFC 139 and was an incredible back and forth war. At the end of that fight, it was Dan Henderson who stood victorious by decision. Can these two all time Light Heavyweight greats capture the magic again? The UFC is certainly hoping so.
How do these two stack up?
Rua: 32 years old | 6'1" | 76" reach
Lawler: 31 years old | 5'11" | 74" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Mauricio Shogun Rua has had a very interesting UFC career. He's 6-6 and has held UFC gold and defeated the likes of Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell, and Lyoto Machida. He's also had some bad losses where he looked on the verge of retirement. There's no questioning Shogun's heart, but he's been broken down ever since Pride folded back in 2007, with chronic knee injuries plaguing him. Last year, he had a terrible 1st round submission loss to Chael Sonnen, only to bounce back with an incredible 1 minute KO of James Te-Huna. When Shogun is on, he's incredible. When he's not, he looks on the cusp of retirement.
Like Shogun, Dan Henderson is an all time great in the late stages of his career. A former two division Pride champion, Henderson has defeated some serious Hall of Fame fighters. After the win over Shogun, he was in line for a title shot, but injuries and a cancelled PPV led to that shot never coming and instead, he's 0-3 since defeating Shogun over 2 years ago. Henderson comes in here after the first KO loss of his career - an absolutely brutal KO at the hands of Vitor Belfort. At 43 years old, we've pretty clearly seen the best from Henderson. But now, the question is, does he have anything left?
Why should you care?
Because maybe they will capture that magic again. Or maybe one of the sport's all time greats will end his career. One would be great, one would be sad, but neither are moments to miss.