Revenge is a dish best served inside the Octagon.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua is not satisfied with the outcome of his most recent fight, an epic, five-round war of attrition against fellow MMA elder statesman Dan Henderson, which took place at UFC 139 last Saturday night (Nov. 19, 2011) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
"Shogun" was bloodied, battered and bruised, but never out of the fight, as evidenced by his gritty comeback in rounds four and five to nearly finish "Hendo" before throwing himself on the mercy of the judges.
When the smoke cleared, Henderson squeaked by with a unanimous decision win.
That hasn't stopped the fans and media, and even UFC President Dana White, from challenging that decision and perhaps asking aloud if a draw would have been more appropriate based on the Brazilian's dominance in the final frame.
Either way, Rua (via UOL Esporte) wants his revenge.
"It certainly was a great fight. I don’t know how the judges made the scoring of the last round, but it could or should have been 10-8 for me. But it does not take anything away from Dan Henderson. He is a legend and he is of those guys who created a legacy, but I want revenge. I think this would be another great battle and the public wants to see it. ... Even Dana White admitted he would have scored it a draw." *
"Henderson vs. Shogun" earned "Fight of the Night" honors at the UFC 139 post-fight press conference and speculation has already begun on "Hendo's" next fight. While he may have earned a division title shot, so has Rashad Evans.
Unless Henderson opts for another crack at Anderson Silva in the 185-pound division.
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva certainly has his work cut out for him. But if you were in his shoes, how would you handle the upcoming fights for Henderson and Rua?
And did you agree with the final scoring?
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*Translation provided by MMAmania.com Brazilian correspondent Eduardo Cruz.