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PostSubject: Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson Pros' Picks   Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:52 pm


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PostSubject: Re: Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson Pros' Picks   Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:24 am

In a way, this is a battle of the dinosaurs.  Shogun and Henderson both have long, storied histories in the sport, with many victories in various promotions, and both have held various championships over time.

    Their first fight was one for the ages, just a great knock-down drag out brawl.  There are several reasons why this upcoming fight may or may not live up to its predecessor.  

    Henderson's well publicized use of TRT comes to mind, as I believe he will have to fight this time without the medication.  At 43 years old, with all the wear and tear and hard miles Dan has run over the years, I can't imagine it won't have an impact if he has to come off of testosterone replacement.

    Henderson is also coming off three losses for the first time in his career, so I'm wondering if he's finally reached the end of his performance envelope.  

    Shogun has been up and down over the past few years, with his peak the win over Machida for the title, and several tough losses in there, but probably his low was the inglorious loss to Chael Sonnen.  I know there have been multiple injuries, and he's talked about lapses in motivation.  

     Thinking this fight depends heavily on which version of these two venerable warriors shows up, and how they decide to attack one another.  It is a main event, so I'm assuming this will be a five round fight, giving these champions the opportunity to go deep once again.  I guess we'll see who can last, who can connect, and who wants it more...
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PostSubject: Re: Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson Pros' Picks   Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:00 pm

Nice breakdown of this match-up Mu Shin.

It's a shame about Hendo, but he more than likely has reached the end of career in the UFC... especially now, as you mentioned, he'll have to go forward and fight without TRT.

I'm more of a Hendo fan, but I have to pick Rua to win this match-up.

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PostSubject: Re: Shogun Rua vs Dan Henderson Pros' Picks   Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:37 pm

I'm really conflicted about this fight - always have been and will be a huge Hendo fan - but there are so many questions coming into this fight - he's on a 3 fight losing streak, and will be without his TRT. What level he'll be able to perform at is a serious question for me.

BUT - Neither is Shogun a spring chicken, and his performances are erratic.

As much as it breaks my heart to say this, I think this fight is Shogun's to win or lose. It all depends on which version of Shogun comes to fight that night.
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