Dan Henderson snapped a three-fight losing streak in Brazil. | Dave Mandel
Dan Henderson still has plenty of TNT left in his fabled right hand.
Henderson dispatched Mauricio Rua with a sweeping right hook to the nose and subsequent ground strikes in the UFC Fight Night 39 headliner on March 23 at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Brazil. The end came 91 seconds into the third round, as Henderson became the first man to defeat “Shogun” twice.
Rua masked his power punches with a stiff jab and stout leg kicks, as he had the former two-division Pride Fighting Championships titleholder reeling and on the verge of being stopped late in the first round. Henderson somehow withstood the onslaught, as Rua pierced his defenses with a right hook-left hook combination and some vicious ground-and-pound.
“Shogun” floored the two-time Olympian with a right uppercut in round two but failed to capitalize, settling in Henderson’s guard before a referee restart. The two clinched to start the third frame. On the break, Henderson’s right hand swept across the Brazilian’s face sending him careening backward. The stoppage followed soon after, with the dazed and disfigured Rua eating further punishment and clinging to Henderson’s leg in desperation.
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