It's not over until the fat lady sings.
Or better yet, until you break someone's face.
UFC Fight Night 38: "Shogun vs. Henderson 2" took place last night (Sun., March 23, 2014) from Nelio Dias Gymnasium in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and we were treated to a come-from-behind knockout victory for the ages.
Dan Henderson was getting lit up by Mauricio Rua quite badly in the first and second rounds, proving his chin has seen better days.
After surviving knockdowns in both rounds, "Hendo" caught "Shogun" off guard and laced him with the notorious "H-Bomb," sending Rua backpacking into a reverse somersault.
The camera definitely showed the damage done, as that right hand pretty much destructed Rua's face, breaking his nose in the process (pic).
It's safe to say the rematch didn't end like their first encounter back at UFC 139.
In the co-main event, C.B. Dollaway reminded fans across the world why gambling is so frustrating, after knocking out Cezar Ferreira in just under 40 seconds and giving the world a big middle finger for counting him out as such a significant underdog.
With all things considered, here are the biggest winners and losers from last night in Brazil:
Biggest Winner -- Dan Henderson
After the first round ended, mixed martial arts (MMA) observers across the world were opening up the last brew and coming to grips that Henderson needed to hang up the gloves for good.
He was badly hurt in the first round, and if it weren't for Herb Dean's questionable calls as of late, the veteran referee mighthave stopped it.
After enduring an equally difficult second round, "Hendo" blitzed Mauricio Rua out of nowhere with his infamous right hand, knocking "Shogun" over into a backflip, and leaving him stiff and disillusioned for Dean to take care of.
At 43 years old and $100,000 richer, it would be nice for the owner of the "H-Bomb" to call it career, since he was taking massive shots and looked to be on his last legs before his comeback knockout of the year.
Although, after signing a fairly new contract with the promotion and tearing Rua's face apart in the process, it looks like "Hendo" still has some fuel left in the tank.
Even though the gaslight is on.
Runner Up -- C.B. Dollaway
Seriously, Dollaway was written off worse than Kirstie Alley before this fight.
He was a former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalist who couldn't really threaten anyone at middleweight anymore, serving as a guy you could have fed to an up-and-coming fighter to take care of.
That's exactly what was supposed to happen here. Either that, or Cezar Ferreira was incredibly overhyped.
"The Doberman" came into the main event, knowing fully he wasn't going to lay down as the underdog, and shocked just about everyone when he knocked out "Mutante" in 39 seconds like a man on a mission who needed to be somewhere fast.
He returns to winning ways, too, amassing his third victory in over four fights, but where does Dollaway go from here?
The important part is he actually gets to go somewhere ... period.
Biggest Loser -- Mauricio Rua
Rua was looking great in the opening sequences -- he didn't rush anything, he used his angles properly, and dished out the power when he needed to.
Heck, he was on the verge of knocking out Henderson on several occasions.
That being said, "Shogun" simply got caught and suffered a horrendous defeat in front of his Brazilian faithful.
It's going to be a tough pill to swallow, and one that will set him back a bit -- which is a shame, considering how good he was looking.
There are "Shogun" lovers and not necessarily haters, but doubters out there. The truth of the matter is, Rua has the ability to keep going, because let's face it, he was doing extremely well.
But, on the flip side, if he keeps losing and being inconsistent, you can't feed him the easy fights, either.
It becomes a question of how "Shogun" can find direction in this inconsistent run which comes after his UFC light heavyweight title win -- and things aren't looking good at the moment.
Runner Up -- Mairbek Taisumov
Watching the "brand" known as UFC, you have to deal with a lot of mediocre fighters being labeled as the next big thing.
Instead of choosing the loser of the co-main event (he does fit the billing), why not Mairbek Taisumov, a fighter pulled out of the blooming crop of Russian combatants who are taking the sport by storm?
His fight against Michel Prazeres wasn't anything to write home about, but this homie needs to step his Octagon game up.
After what seemed to be a dozen warnings from referee Mario Yamasaki (actual number was three), along with two point deductions, Taisumov repeatedly grabbed the fence and escaped disqualification when Yamasaki threatened to pull the plug on the fight on numerous occasions.
Honestly, how many times can you grab the fence in one fight? Is that what you do in practice to avoid takedowns?
What made matters worse for Taisumov was former UFC notable Roger Huerta in his corner telling him to give up 15 seconds short of the end of round three.
When the referee and your corner have just about had it with you, you can bet you're staying in your hotel room and watching How I Met Your Mother reruns with Portuguese subtitles until you get on the plane the next day.
That's a wrap.
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