NATAL, Brazil -- Mixed martial arts legend Dan Henderson (30-11) added another chapter to his storied career with a stunning third-round finish of Mauricio "Shogun'' Rua (22-9).
The bout, a rematch of the pair's 2011 "Fight of the Year,'' served as the headliner of Sunday's "UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2,'' which took place at Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.
Rua looked crisp in the early going, using a barrage of leg kicks and sharp jabs to keep Henderson at bay and even wobbled him on a few occasions through the first two rounds.
But just when the 43-year-old Henderson looked to have nothing left in the tank, he shocked Rua with his patented power right hand, affectionately known to his fans as the "H Bomb.'' The shot landed flush, rearranging Rua's nose and sending him crashing to the canvas.
Henderson followed to the floor, and the follow-up blows forced referee Herb Dean to call off the fight 91 seconds into the third round. The much-needed result snapped a three-fight losing streak for the man most consider the best mixed-martial-artist ever to hail from the U.S.
In the night's co-feature, C.B. Dollaway (14-5) turned in one of the best performances of his career, downing former "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil'' winner Cezar Ferreira (3-1) in just 39 seconds.
Ferreira looked sharp on his feet early, landing with a power shot in the opening seconds. But Dollaway patently retreated to the fence and avoided follow-ups before unleashing a well-placed right hand that sent Ferreira tumbling to the canvas. Dollaway pounded with additional strikes, and referee Mario Yamasaki called the fight.
"I love fighting down here in Brazil,'' Dollaway said. "The fans show incredible passion, and it is awesome to see I'm starting to develop a small fan base. I knew if I stuck to my game plan, I could control the fight and finish him, and that's exactly what I did."
-- The Associated Press