A light heavyweight fight between Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson and former UFC champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is rumored to be on tap for UFC 139 and is expected to headline the November 19 card, according to MMAWeekly.
The two PRIDE veterans have never fought despite being with the same organizations multiple times. Henderson (28-8) is coming off his knockout of heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce in July. While the move likely signals the end of Henderson’s run with Strikeforce, “Hendo” recently said he would like to defend his Strikeforce belt.
Rua (20-5) scored a devastating knockout of Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 last month. “Shogun” has seen mixed results in the Octagon due to recurring knee injuries, but the former UFC light heavyweight champion now appears healthy and will be looking to make another run at regaining the title.
The bout is replacing a heavyweight title fight between UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos that was expected to headline UFC 139 before being moved to “UFC on Fox.”
UFC 139 is expected to be co-headlined by another former-Strikeforce vs. UFC matchup between Vitor Belfort and Cung Le on Nov. 19 in San Jose, California.
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Pictured: Dan Henderson