Henderson wins the first 3, loses the next two and takes it by UD! Amazing fight.
Round 1 - Referee Josh Rosenthal in charge of tonight's main event. Both fighters hand their left hands low to start. Big low kick from Rua. Henderson punches and grabs onto the neck as Rua pushes forward. Rua back to his feet, and Henderson tees off with a knee and several bog punches. He pulls away, and Rua's face is already a wreck. Rua shoots in, and Henderson tries to grab the neck again. Rua is squinting in the clinch as the blood rushes into his eye. He falls back as Henderson pulls away. Henderson walks away. Rua in the center, and he pushes in with a knee. Henderson fires the right up the pipe. Low kick from Rua. Rua presses in again for a takedown. Henderson sprawls but eats an elbow. Another right hand from Henderson. Punches thrown, and Rua lands a right hand. Henderson hits the deck. Rua swarms, but Henderson is fine and works back to his floor. Tense moments there for Henderson. Rua uses the uppercut again. Right from Henderson. Rua swarms with three punches, and he's showing excellent heart in a tough opening round. Rua presses in with a clinch until the bell. MMAjunkie.com sees the first for Henderson, 10-9.
Round 2 - Rua walks forward to the center. Right hand for Rua scores. Low kick follows. Henderson tries to duck a punch and scores a takedown, but Rua able to defend. One minute in, and Rua is pressing in from the center. Henderson creates some space and scores a few punches as he pushes of. Henderson loads up on the right, and two land flush. Rua answers back before they break, but Henderson won the exchange. Wild hooks exchanged in the middle. Both fighting with a moderate pace but winging heavy leather. Rua with a crisp right. Rua rushes forward with punches and back into the clinch. Henderson spins off and punches. This is a brawl, no doubt about it. Blood trickling down Rua's face again. Henderson with a few knees inside. Rua slowing a bit as Henderson presses in, and the crowd wants some action. Rosenthal calls for work. Not enough, and we get a restart. Henderson checks the clock. Rua with a crisp combination. Henderson answers again, but Rua probably got the best there. Final seconds. Nothing in the close, and it was a tight round. MMAjunkie.com leans slightly toward Henderson, 10-9.
Round 3 - Big punches again to open. Henderson stalking, and Rua throws a big irght. He looked tired to end round two, but he's throwing now. Henderson pushes him to the cage, but Rua kicks and makes space. Henderson drives in and scores a takedown, but he can't control as they return to their feet. Rua's left cheek a mess, but he's finding success with that uppercut. Henderson with the big shot, and Rua is down. Henderson swarms. Rua rolls and tries to clinch. Henderson just pounding away. Rosenthal watching very, very closely. Rua somehow grabs the leg and looks for a submission on Henderson's left leg. Not there, but he won't let go. He somehow climbs to his feet as Henderson escaped. Even Dana White is in full applause. Rua's face is a bloddy pulp as he pushes in from the outside. Rua drops for a leg. Henderson pounds away. Rosenthal warns Rua for grabbing the fence. Henderson elbows the head, abut Rua turns the action and takes the back. Incredible heart. Rua on fumes but refusing to give up. Gritty clinchwork as time winds down. Right hand lands for Rua. Bell sounds, and Rua's left eye is almost closed. MMAjunkie.com sees it for Henderson, 10-9.
Round 4 - Rua's left eye looks almost closed. Still, he pushes forward and attacks with a single. He gets it and moves to the back for a moment. Henderson scrambles to his knees. Henderson secures a crucifix and rolls looking for a choke. Rua somehow escapes. More guts from Rua. back on the feet, and Henderson drives in for a well-timed takedown. Henderson with a very high half-mount, and he's looking for a choke option. Rua scrambles to full guard. Henderson grinding away in top position. He stands and drops a big right hand. Rua rolls to his knees and tries to stand. He does at the halfway mark. Just an absolute war in the cage. Henderson shakes out his arms as zombie Rua pushes forward. Rua loads up on a right and a few jabs. Rua in the center and lands an incredible uppercut. Henderson is in a lot of trouble, but Rua can't get him. Henderson lands a big right. This is insane. Henderson is done with less than a minute left, but Rua is also struggling to fire. Takedown from Rua, and he moves into mount. Hammerfists. Henderson rolls overs. Rua looks for the choke, but it's not there. Henderson somehow sweeps to top. Round ends there. MMAjkunkie.com sees it for Rua, 10-9.
Round 5 - Touch of gloves from two exhausted warriors. Rua swivels at the hips. Henderson tries to load a right but eats a counter and falls to his back on a takedown attempt. Rua in side control with more than four minutes left. Rua sneaks in his right leg and is in full mount. Rua punches, and elbows. Henderson trying to do anything he can underneath to survive. Big punches from the top. Henderson gets half-guard and looks for a guillotine choke. It's not there. Rua pulls his head free two minutes in. Mount again for Rua. Punches form the top, and Henderson gives up his back. Rua briefly has an arm-triangle set up. More punches from the top. Henderson rolling side to side, but Rua is punching at every opening. The zip is gone after so much work. Rua blasting away with punches and elbows. One minute left. We may be heading toward a draw.Henderson tries to stand, but Rua's hammerfists are too much. He sits back down. Henderson has regained half-guard. Mount again for Rua, and he continues to punch. Fight ends there. MMAjunkie.com sees it 10-8 for Rua, resulting in a 47-47 draw. Dan Henderson def. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47).