November 19th, 2011 was a day MMA fans will never forget.
Just one week removed from the promotion’s debut on Fox, the UFC had the attention of the mainstream sports world and needed to make a statement with their next event. Luckily for the UFC, their next event was home to the sport’s greatest fight of all time.
Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua fought for five rounds in what is widely considered the best MMA match to date. The first three rounds consisted of Henderson absolutely mauling Rua while Henderson spent the last two rounds teetering back and forth between consciousness and unconsciousness.
Henderson ultimately walked away with a victory that night, but the real winners of that fight were the fans. It was literally a spectacle. On a personal note, this was the first UFC fight my girlfriend watched and she was simply amazed at how the human body could take some much, yet still have enough energy to dish that much effort back.
Simply put, whether you were and old fan or new, Henderson vs. Shogun was a fight you’ll never forget.
Fast forward to today, were just about 24 hours away from a rematch of the best fight in MMA history, and yet, there’s a considerable lack of buzz. UFC 139 wasn’t the best pay-per-view seller, but the legend that his Shogun vs. Henderson I has gained a considerable amount of popularity since November 2011.
What makes this all the more puzzling is the fact that this fight is on free TV. Come on fight fans! Where’s the excitement, where’s the anticipation? You don’t have to pay $59.99 to watch Henderson and Shogun in stunning HD; the price is included in your cable package.
Seeing the lack of passion for this fight makes me wonder if the sport we love is truly dying? I know Henderson and Rua haven’t been on hot streaks as of late, but the prospect of an absolute war breaking out has me intrigued.
I know I’ve been heavily anticipating this match-up. I hope after this read that you’re as excited as ever for Henderson vs. Shogun II.
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