In order to properly align my fingers to type this article, I had to let all the adrenaline gathered from watching Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua evacuate my body. I was literally shaking while watching this fight. No one in press row could keep still. Every person inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose was on their feet. I’ve never witnessed a main event like this. The collective effervescence inside the arena was visual. It was as if everyone was practicing some kind of magical ritual to summon an ethereal dragon. The chants were spammed across the crowd. Pockets of cheers exploded throughout the fight. If you looked up ‘Rawesome’ in the dictionary, you would find a personal note from me with the words ‘Refer to UFC 139: Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua.’
Currently, I’m at the post-fight press conference typing this article and Shogun Rua and Dan Henderson are both at the hospital. That’s the extent of damage both fighters sustained during the fight. I’ve been told that both competitors left on stretchers due to physical damage and sheer exhaustion.
Dan Henderson vs. Shogun Rua was the greatest fight I’ve ever witnessed live. Was it the greatest fight in UFC history? Well, any answer is subjective. Personally, I thought Stephan Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin was a sloppy slugfest, no where near deserving of the title of the ‘greatest fight in UFC history.’ What we witnessed tonight was incredible. So incredible that it makes you question if the fight actually happened, or perhaps you just imagined it in a dream. Maybe you better spend the rest of the evening pinching yourself.