UFC 139 Results: Henderson Edges Rua; Silva, Faber Also Win

If the loud cheering heard at the HP Pavilion in San Jose after each of the UFC 139 results were read was any indication, then it is safe to say that Saturday’s slam-bang, action-packed card was a resounding success.

In what UFC boss Dana White described as one of the top three MMA bouts of all time, Dan Henderson survived a ten-minute assault by Mauricio Rua to eke out a hairline, unanimous decision victory in the main event of Saturday’s blockbuster offering. Henderson dictated the first three rounds in his UFC return, landing strong shots that somehow Rua was able to withstand. Sensing he was behind, Rua launched a ferocious rally in the final two rounds, peppering his opponent with shots that would later land Henderson in the hospital. All three judges, however, thought Henderson won by the slimmest of margins, giving the American the victory over the Brazilian on identical 48-47 scores.

In the co-main event, Wanderlei Silva showed he still has some power left in him as “The Axe Murderer” scored a technical knock out victory over Strikeforce champion Cung Le, who was making his UFC debut. Le shook Silva in the first round, but the legendary Brazilian recovered in the second round and finally nailed the elusive Vietnamese-American with a vicious right that was followed by a series of knees.

Meanwhile, Urijah Faber secured a third meeting with Dominick Cruz by dominating and stopping Brian Bowles with a guillotine choke in the second round of their bantamweight title eliminator. In other matches: Martin Kampmann defeated Rick Story, while Stephan Bonnar decisioned Kyle Kingsbury.