Hendo: 1st Shogun fight not exciting in my mind


When Dan Henderson battled 'Shogun' for five amazing rounds, many fans and media believed it was one of the most exciting fights they had ever seen.

Of course, fighter's remember fights different than fans and Henderson didn't think the fight was nearly as exciting as it was happening:

"I felt I pretty much controlled that fight," said Henderson, who will face Rua in a rematch on Sunday in Brazil in a fight card televised on Fox Sports 1.

Even in the fifth round, when Rua spent much of it in mount and was firing away at Henderson in a desperate bid to end the bout, Henderson was unfazed.

He was exhausted in the fifth and didn't have a lot of energy to try to get Rua off of him, but he said Rua didn't have much on those punches.

"Maybe I got a little too excited early on and didn't pick my shots well enough," Henderson told Yahoo Sports in going through a detailed examination of the fight round by round. "I paid for it, being so tired in that fifth round from really trying to finish him and throwing a lot of hard punches during the fight.

"Going into that fifth round, I felt like I was OK. I knew I won the first three rounds, possibly even a 10-8 in the third, so I knew I wouldn't lose a decision. I also knew there was no way he was going to finish me. In my mind, it wasn't nearly as exciting as it was for all the fans who were watching not knowing what was going through my head and me knowing there was no way he was going to finish me."

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tags: Dan Henderson (detail)  Mauricio Rua   Shougn   


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JunkieDog site profile image  

3/21/14 5:21 PM by JunkieDog

Meh.... who cares what he thinks? What's Scooters take on this?

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

3/21/14 4:42 PM by ChaosOverkill

Wasn't nearly as = Not   -UG window licker Blog

Throwin'Knuckles site profile image  

3/21/14 4:38 PM by Throwin'Knuckles

I think Dan controlled the first half of the fight. I thought it was exciting.

hogh20 site profile image  

3/21/14 4:07 PM by hogh20

It probably was not exciting to be so exhausted that he couldn't move and at the same time have Shogun of all people ground and pounding him for about 5 minutes...

BrattMamley site profile image  

3/21/14 3:41 PM by BrattMamley


json123 site profile image  

3/21/14 3:31 PM by json123

I have to agree. That fight was not exciting at all. I never screamed or jumped out of my seat or said holy shit at all during the fight. Like Dana White, I never lie and I always stick you with facts.

LiveToFightInc site profile image  

3/21/14 3:24 PM by LiveToFightInc

Um wut?? I have that on DVD. I don't even know how many times I've watched that fight!!

Sydney Crosby's Iron Jaw site profile image  

3/21/14 3:22 PM by Sydney Crosby's Iron Jaw

Speaks loudly about the brain damage he sustained in that fight.

Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke site profile image  

3/21/14 3:04 PM by Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke

Well your mind is fucking wrong... With all due respect.

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3/21/14 2:57 PM by BiggRiggwreckedRVD

I'm sorry what? That shit was amazing.