UFC Fight Night 39 Weigh-In Results: Mauricio Rua, Dan Henderson Official for Rematch

By Brian Knapp Mar 22, 2014
No mixed martial arts fan will forget where he or she was on Nov. 19, 2011 -- the night Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson set the Ultimate Fighting Championship on fire for 25 minutes. Now, they meet again.

Rua checked in at 205 pounds for his anticipated rematch with Henderson (202) in the UFC Fight Night 39 main event on Sunday at Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Brazil. Middleweight co-headliners C.B. Dollaway (184) and Cezar Ferreira (185) also met their contractual obligations without issue at Saturday’s official weigh-in.

While he wound up on the wrong side of a unanimous decision against Henderson at UFC 139, “Shogun” remains one of the sport’s most revered figures. The 32-year-old Brazilian last fought at UFC Fight Night 33 in December, when he knocked out Australian slugger James Te Huna in 63 seconds at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. A devastating and accomplished finisher, Rua has secured 20 of his 22 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission. However, the 2005 Pride Fighting Championships middleweight grand prix winner has not recorded back-to-back wins since defeating UFC hall of famers Mark Coleman and Chuck Liddell in a three-month span in 2009.

Still the only man to hold major championships in two weight classes simultaneously, Henderson finds himself on a three-fight losing streak for the first time in his career. The 43-year-old Californian last appeared at UFC Fight Night 32 in November, when he was wiped out by a Vitor Belfort head kick at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. Even so, few can match the excellence of Henderson’s resume, which includes wins over Rua, Belfort, Fedor Emelianenko, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping, among others.

UFC Fight Night 39 “Shogun vs. Henderson 2” -- which airs on Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT -- will also feature a light heavyweight scrap pitting Fabio Maldonado (203) against onetime Ring of Combat champion Gian Villante (204), a featherweight tilt matching “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 1 winner Rony Mariano Bezerra (145) with Steven Siler (146) and a pair of lightweight battles, as Nova Uniao’s Leonardo Santos (155) meets Norman Parke (156) and M-1 Global veteran Mairbek Taisumov (155) faces Michel Richard Cunha dos Prazeres (155).

Two hours prior, Fox Sports 1 will also carry four preliminary matchups: Diego Brandao (144) vs. Will Chope (146), Ronny Markes (*190) vs. Thiago Santos (183), Jussier da Silva (125) vs. Scott Jorgensen (125) and Kenny Robertson (171) vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (170). The two remaining undercard bouts will stream to UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, as Godofredo Castro (145) locks horns with the American Kickboxing Academy’s Noad Lahat (145) and onetime Shooto Americas champion Francimar Barroso (204) collides with Hans Stringer (204).


Mauricio Rua (205) vs. Dan Henderson (202)
C.B. Dollaway (184) vs. Cezar Ferreira (185)
Fabio Maldonado (203) vs. Gian Villante (204)
Rony Mariano Bezerra (145) vs. Steven Siler (146)
Leonardo Santos (155) vs. Norman Parke (156)
Mairbek Taisumov (155) vs. Michel Richard Cunha dos Prazeres (155)
Diego Brandao (144) vs. Will Chope (146)
Ronny Markes (*190) vs. Thiago Santos (183)
Jussier da Silva (125) vs. Scott Jorgensen (125)
Kenny Robertson (171) vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo (170)
Godofredo Castro (145) vs. Noad Lahat (145)
Francimar Barroso (204) vs. Hans Stringer (204)

* Markes missed weight and will forfeit 20 percent of his purse.


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