Dan Henderson defeats Rich Franklin at UFC 93. (Photo by Josh Hedges via UFC.com)

UFC 139 Results: Henderson Beats Shogun In Fight Of The Year Candidate

This Saturday UFC 139 takes place in San Jose, California. Dan Henderson takes on Maurico "Shogun" Rua in the main event. The entire card is stacked and the pay-per-view portion features five competitive fights including Cung Le against Wanderlei Silva, and Urijah Faber taking on Brian Bowles in a UFC bantamweight title eliminator. Arizona's Ryan Bader, a former Arizona State wrestler, fights on the preliminary card on Spike TV.

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UFC 139 Weigh-In Results: Henderson And Shogun Both On Weight

Both fighters in the main event tomorrow night at UFC 139 made weight, and one had a few pounds to spare. Dan Henderson, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, weighed in at 203 pounds, two pounds below the light heavyweight limit. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua weighed in at the limit of 205.

Both fighters in the co-main event made weight as Wanderlei Silva and Cung Le both weighed in at the middleweight limit of 185 pounds. Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles both weighed in one pound above the bantamweight limit, 136. Fighters are allowed to be one pound over the weight limit. 

Two fighters on the evening's preliminary card did not make weight . Lightweight Shamar Bailey weighed in at 158 pounds, three pounds over the lightweight limit. Bantamweight Nick Pace weighed it an astounding 141 pounds. A full six pounds over the limit of 135. Both Pace and Bailey will be fined 20% of their purse as a result of not making weight. 

Full UFC 139 weigh-in results:

Main Card (pay-per-view 7 p.m. Arizona Time):
Light Heavyweight: Dan Henderson (203) vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (205)
Middleweight: Wanderlei Silva (185) vs. Cung Le (185)
Bantamweight: Urijah Faber (136) vs. Brian Bowles (136)
Welterweight: Martin Kampmann (170.5) vs. Rick Story (170.5)
Stephan Bonner (205) vs. Kyle Kingsbury (205)

Preliminary Card (Spike TV, 6 p.m. Arizona Time):
Light Heavyweight: Ryan Bader (205) vs. Jason Brilz (204)
Bantamweight: Michael McDonald (136) vs. Alex Soto (135)

Preliminary Card (Facebook 4 p.m. Arizona Time):
Middleweight: Tom Lawlor (185) vs. Chris Weidman (185.5)
Lightweight: Rafael dos Anjos (155.5) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)
Bantamweight: Nick Pace (141) vs. Miguel Torres (136)
Welterweight: Seth Baczynski (171) vs. Matt Brown (171)
Lightweight: Shamar Bailey (158) vs. Danny Castillo (155)


UFC 139: Ryan Bader Looks For Career Saving Victory

When Ryan Bader steps into the Octagon Saturday night at UFC 139 he will most likely be fighting for his job. Bader, once one of the top prospects in the UFC light heavyweight division, has now lost two fights in a row and with another loss, may be out of the UFC. 

Bader grew up in Reno, Nevada, and attended college at Arizona State. While at ASU, Bader was a three time PAC-10 champion wrestler. Bader was also a two time All-American, placing 4th in the country in 2004 and 6th in 2006. While at ASU, Bader wrestled alongside UFC fighters C.B. Dollaway and Cain Velasquez

After leaving ASU, Bader started training at Arizona Combat Sports and transitioned to the world of MMA. He started off winning his first 12 professional fights, including five in the UFC. Bader's UFC career began when he appeared on season 8 of 'The Ultimate Fighter'. Bader won the UFC reality show with three victories, he then climbed up the UFC light heavyweight division with victories over the likes of MMA legends Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Keith Jardine.

However, in 2011 Bader hit a brick wall in his career. Bader has fought twice this year, both times he came out of the Octagon with a loss. In February he was defeated by current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, this past July Bader was defeated by former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. Both losses were by submission. 

Bader faces veteren Jason Brilz Saturday night. Brilz is 18-4-1 in his professional career, he has lost his last two fights and has lost three of his last four overall. The fight airs on Spike TV at 5 p.m. as part of the preliminary card. The winner will regain his standing in the light heavyweight division, the loser of this fight could very well receieve a pink slip from UFC President Dana White. 


There And Back Again: Dan Henderson's Journey Through Three Eras Of The UFC

Dan Henderson has seen it all in his fifteen-year career. Through three stops with the UFC, the former-ASU standout witnessed the rise of Western mixed martial arts, from humble beginnings to the media-giant it has become.

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