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UFC 139 postfight: ‘Shogun’ says fifth could’ve been a 10-8 and wants a rematch against Henderson

Steve Cofield
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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Many along press row at the HP Pavilion were a little surprised not one judge gave Mauricio "Shogun" Rua a 10-8 for his efforts in the fifth round of his fight against Dan Henderson. It turns out Rua was surprised as well.

"I don't know how the judges scored the last round. It could have been or should have been a 10-8 round. But that doesn't take anything away from Dan Henderson. He is a legend and those are the type of fights that create a legacy," said Rua.

Rua is looking forward to seeing a replay of the fight.

"I'm going to rest with my family now and take care of myself. Then I'm going to go back and look at the tapes. I want a rematch and I think this would be another great battle and one the fans would definitely want to see," said Rua.

FightMetric backed up Rua. The Brazilian outlanded Henderson 26-0 in significant strikes over the final minutes and 79-8 overall in the fifth.

John Morgan, 2009 MMA Journalist of the Year, scored it a draw as did Adam Hill from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto scored it 48-46 for Rua.

Will Angland at Bleacher Report wrote a strong piece saying Rua was robbed.

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