The H-Bomb Rescues Hendo in Brazil
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It wasn’t a repeat of their first meeting over two years ago in terms of a sustained 25 minutes of action, but Sunday, at the sweltering Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Brazil, veteran MMA superstars Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua added another worthy chapter to their series, with “Hendo” emerging victorious once again, snapping a three fight losing streak this time by way of a come from behind third round knockout.
“This one probably means more than most,” said Henderson, who defeated Rua via five round decision in their first bout in November of 2011, a fight most consider to be one of the best of all-time. “Shogun has been such a big part of mixed martial arts and such a talented and tough fighter. Especially after the year I had last year, coming off that I wanted to make sure I got a win.”
It was a war of nerves in the opening minutes of the fight, with Rua’s leg kicks doing practically all the scoring, but Henderson slowly but surely getting himself into range to land his fight-altering right hand. It was Henderson’s left hook that was the big shot that scored though, rocking Rua. Shogun got even right away with a left of his own, hurting Hendo badly. Rua moved in for the finish, yet after some rough moments, Henderson made it to the end of the round.
After being told by his corner to wrestle, Henderson still looked to land his “H-Bomb” in round two, but it was Shogun confidently moving forward and locking his opponent against the fence before breaking and resuming their stand-up battle. An ensuing takedown attempt by Henderson was easily tossed aside by the former UFC light heavyweight champion, and a follow-up right uppercut put the American on the deck again. After a stalemate, referee Herb Dean restarted the action with under a minute left, and Rua was clearly the fresher of the two, with Hendo’s fatigue perhaps due not just to his foe’s punches, but the 94 degree heat in the building.
But in the third round, Henderson struck paydirt with the right hand, drilling the 32-year-old Rua and sending him to the canvas. Rua appeared to be seeking a single leg takedown as Henderson delivered another right hand, but after a series of hammerfists, Dean intervened, halting matters at the 1:31 mark.
The 43-year-old Henderson, who was coming off losses to Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort, moves to 30-11 with the win; Curitiba’s Rua falls to 22-9.
> Watch: Dan Henderson's Octagon Interview
DOLLAWAY vs. FERREIRA
Arizona’s CB Dollaway made it two for two in Brazil, as he followed up his 2013 win over Daniel Sarafian with a 39 second knockout of TUF Brazil 1 winner Cezar Ferreira.
Ferreira came out firing at Dollaway, but as soon as “The Doberman” staggered his foe with a straight right, the die was cast. Dollaway moved in, and as the two exchanged, a left hook put “Mutante” on the deck. The Brazilian seemed to have recovered, but Dollaway wouldn’t let him off the hook, pounding away with both hands until referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight just 39 seconds into the opening round.
Dollaway improves to 15-6 with the win; Belo Horizonte’s Ferreira, who lost for the first time in four UFC bouts, falls to 8-3.
> Watch: CB Dollaway's Octagon Interview
PARKE vs. SANTOS
A second round point deduction cost Norman Parke his eleventh straight win in lightweight action, with his three rounder against Leonardo Santos being ruled a draw.
Scores were 28-28 twice and 29-27 in the battle between former Ultimate Fighter winners.
Santos’ striking was sharp in the opening round, with kicks to the head and body being his main weapon of choice. The Rio native got his punches in as well, raising a swelling under Parke’s left eye. Parke aggressively went after Santos in response, but he wasn’t able to get into any form of offensive rhythm until a late round rally.
In round two, Parke lost a point without warning from referee Wernei Cardoso for grabbing Santos’ shorts, putting him in a hole on the scorecards, even if he did have a good second frame against the Brazilian.
Parke (20-2-1) stayed in control in the final round, pinning Santos (12-4-1) to the fence and mauling him there for much of the final five minutes.
MALDONADO vs. VILLANTE
Gian Villante looked to be heading to an easy win over Fabio Maldonado in their light heavyweight bout, but after being on the wrong end of a rough first round, Florianopolis’ Maldonado roared back to dominate the next two frames and earn a clear-cut unanimous decision victory.
Scores were 29-28 twice, and 29-27.
Villante took Maldonado down as soon as he got his hands on him, and he smoothly moved from side control, taking Maldonado’s back. While there, Villante unleashed knees to the legs, keeping the Brazilian from getting any offense going. With less than two minutes left, Villante took side mount, his dominance bringing boos from the Natal crowd, but the New Yorker wasn’t budging.
Maldonado finally got his stand-up game going in the second, with a jackhammer jab doing much on the dirty work. Villante, who landed a hard left early in the round, went back to what was working, locking up Maldonado and putting him on the deck. As the two rose with under three minutes to go, knees by Villante cut the Brazilian around the eye, but it appeared to fire up Maldonado, who went after the Strikeforce veteran with shots to the head and body. At this point, Villante was clearly winded from the body attack, and Maldonado was just getting warmed up, igniting the crowd.
Villante went for a takedown as the third round opened, but Maldonado tossed it aside and went back on the attack against his exhausted foe. The body shots were clearly having an effect on Villante, and Maldonado wasn’t going to let up. Villante kept looking for the takedown though, showing a lot of heart as Maldonado teed off with both hands until the fight ended.
With the win, Maldonado improves to 21-6; Villante falls to 11-5.
PRAZERES vs. TAISUMOV
Belem’s Michel Prazeres was on top of his game for all three rounds against Mairbek Taisumov, handing the Grozny native his first UFC loss by way of a shutout three round decision.
All three scores for Prazeres in the lightweight bout were 30-25.
Prazeres (18-1) tagged Taisumov at will early on, allowing him to close the distance and slam his opponent to the mat. Prazeres transitioned quickly into the mount, but Taisumov was able to escape immediate danger, even while remaining on his back. Midway through the round, Taisumov got loose and to his feet, only to get put back on the canvas. Prazeres moved into the mount a second time, and while Taisumov was able to get free, he was still being dominated everywhere by the Brazilian. Making matters worse for the Russian was that he deducted a point by referee Mario Yamasaki for an illegal head kick.
Refusing to take his foot off the gas in round two, Prazeres dropped Taisumov (21-5) with a right hand and nearly sunk in a guillotine choke before seeing his opponent slip free, but “Beckan” recovered quickly. What he was having trouble with was keeping his hands off the fence, and after several warnings, he lost a second point from Yamasaki. Prazeres wasn’t running out the clock though, as he aggressively went after his opponent, landing several hard punches in the process.
Needing a finish to win, Taisumov got another stern warning from Yamasaki in the third for grabbing the fence, and though he finally began to land more consistently with his strikes, a takedown by Prazeres in the final two minutes guaranteed that he wouldn’t get what he was looking for.
JASON vs. SILER
TUF Brazil season one winner Rony Jason rebounded from his November knockout loss to Jeremy Stephens with a knockout of his own, halting Steven Siler 77 seconds into their featherweight bout.
Siler’s disciplined stand-up attack appeared to be working well early, but a right hand from Jason staggered the Utah native. A follow-up left hook dropped Siler to the canvas, but as he began to recover with an upkick, referee Wernei Cardoso intervened at the 1:17 mark, drawing an immediate protest from the American, but to no avail.
“I’m disappointed because it was an incredibly early stoppage by the ref," said Siler. "I didn’t even have time to communicate I was okay because he jumped in so fast. I got hit, dropped to my back to take a defensive posture and was throwing an upkick to give me some space. And then, all of the sudden, it was over. I guess it was my fault for getting hit, staying exposed.”
With the win, Quixada’s Jason ups his record to 15-4; Siler falls to 23-12.