UFC Fight Night 38: Shogun Rua vs. Dan Henderson staredown pic from Natal, Brazil

Mauricio "Shogun" Rua & Dan "Hendo" Henderson - Wander Roberto/Inovafoto via UFC

The first time Mauricio Rua fought Dan Henderson, the mixed martial arts (MMA) world was treated to arguably one of the greatest fights ever held inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon. Now that they've agreed to do it again, their first staredown pic has emerged from the beautiful beaches of Natal, Brazil.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight bangers Mauricio Rua and Dan Henderson first fought in a five-round slobberknocker at UFC 139. The decision ended up being in favor of "Hendo," but the real winners on that night were mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.

Now that both of the former PRIDE FC veterans have agreed to do it all over again at UFC Fight Night 38: "Henderson vs. Shogun 2" -- which will blast off from the Nelio Dias Gymnasium on March 23 in Natal, Brazil -- the pair had a chance to stare each other down on location prior to the pending match-up.

Both men have seen better days.

For the 32-year-old Rua, a win over Henderson would catapult the former champion back to the forefront of a division short on legitimate contenders. Following his loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 in 2009, "Shogun" has racked up a record of 4-5 while fighting some of the biggest names ZUFFA has to offer.

Rectifying his loss at the hands of the 43-year-old Team Quest member is just another step further away from retirement.

Henderson will come into Brazil following a knockout loss at the leg of Vitor Belfort. He is currently in the midst of a baffling three-fight losing streak that comes after a stretch of four consecutive wins against the likes of Fedor Emelianenko and Feijao Cavalcante, among others.

Now that "Hendo" has re-signed with UFC for the immediate future, a win will go a long way in positioning himself for the Jon Jones scrap that has forever alluded him.

Not that it worked out so well for "Shogun."

See the entire UFC Fight Night 38 fight card and rumors for "Shogun vs. Henderson 2" by clicking here.

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