UFC 139 takes place later tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The event airs live on pay-per-view at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The pay-per-view broadcast will be preceded by prelim specials on Facebook at 6pm ET/3pm PT and Spike TV at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
In the main event, Dan Henderson returns to the UFC to take on fellow PRIDE veteran Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
In the co-main event, Cung Le makes his UFC debut against Wanderlei Silva.
Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles fight for a potential bantamweight title shot.
Rick Story faces Martin Kampmann in a welterweight bout.
Stephan Bonnar takes on Kyle Kingsbury in a light heavyweight match-up.
Results, recap and bonuses after the jump.
- Dan Henderson def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)
- Wanderlei Silva def. Cung Le via KO (Punches) at 4:49 in Round 2
- Urijah Faber def. Brian Bowles via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:27 in Round 2
- Martin Kampmann dec. Rick Story via Split Decision (29-28, 30-27, 28-29)
- Stephan Bonnar def. Kyle Kingsbury via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)
- Ryan Bader def. Jason Brilz via KO (Punches) at 1:17 in Round 1
- Michael McDonald def. Alex Soto via KO (Punches) at :56 in Round 1
- Chris Weidman def. Tom Lawlor via Submission (D’arce Choke) at 2:07 in Round 1
- Gleison Tibau def. Rafael dos Anjos via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Miguel Torres def. Nick Pace via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Seth Baczynski def. Matt Brown via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42 in Round 2
- Danny Castillo def. Shamar Bailey via TKO (Punches) at 4:52 in Round 1
Recap & Thoughts
Michael McDonald vs. Alex Soto: Like a bantamweight rhinoceros, Soto came charging after McDonald with raw aggression and reckless abandon. And like a master big game hunter, McDonald met Soto’s charges with some well-timed right hands – one of which tagged Soto on the chin and dropped him. Soto bounced back up but was on jelly-legs, and McDonald chased him to the cage and finished him with more punches. The official time of the knockout was :56 of the first round.
Matt Brown vs. Seth Baczynski: These two were very evenly matched in terms of kickboxing and jiu-jitsu, although Baczynski seemed to favor head-hunting and Brown favored knees from the clinch, so what we got in Round 1 was a lot of Baczynski moving forward and swinging hard, and eating knees whenever Brown found an opening. But everything changed in Round 2, which saw Brown going for a takedown and Baczynski seizing that as an opportunity to slap on a guillotine. Brown struggled with it for bit, then tapped after 42 seconds had elapsed in the round.
Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz: Bader and Brilz may have shared a strong wrestling background, but the gulf between their respective ability to deliver power punches was as big as theGrand Canyon– and this was evident in the opening seconds. Setting himself, then charging forward awkwardly while swinging at air, Brilz wasn’t going to be hitting anyone. Bader, on the other hand, had footwork to go with his boxing, and after a little more than a minute had expired, he closed the distance smoothly and clipped Brilz with his signature heavy right hand. Brilz went down, and the knockout was clocked in at 1:17 of Round 1.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury: It began as a dogfight on the feet, with Bonnar and Kingsbury lumbering forward and alternately dinging each other and covering up. But the TUF 1 runner-up changed tactics midway through the first round and took his opponent down, and it was there that Bonnar took charge. Taking residence in top position throughout the rest of Round 1 and all through Round 2, Bonnar was dominant, and while Kingsbury was too adept at submissions to be caught in anything, he just could not get Bonnar off of him. Round 3 was more of the same, enabling Bonnar to take home the unanimous decision.
Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story: Story, with his hard punching and penchant for body blows, and Kampmann, with his technical Muay Thai and measured attack, started off their bout taking chunks out of each other, and it seemed like Story was getting the better of it. But Kampmann began to find his angles as time wore on, and the Dane took over. In the second round, he even accentuated his lead by tripping Story to the mat and grinding him. The final round saw Story was so exhausted that Kampmann was actually able to out-wrestle him, finding joy with a suplex and taking Story’s back in the waning seconds of the round. It wasn’t 100% exciting, but Kampmann got the job done and earned himself the split decision.
Urijah Faber vs. Brian Bowles: Faber pitted his speed and explosiveness against Bowles’ power punching, and boy, was it enough to get the “W” in impressive fashion. In the opening round “The California Kid” set the pace by landing about three punches for every one Bowles landed. But the magic sequence came in early in the second round, when Faber landed a stunning uppercut, swarmed on Bowles, battered him on the ground, then jumped smoothly into a guillotine. Bowles tried to resist, yet could not, and he tapped at 1:27 of Round 2.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le: Ever wonder how a superstar San Shou fighter would do against a deadly Muay Thai fighter? Le and Silva provided us with some solid data for that query, with the first round alone giving us two Le spinning backfists (the last of which wobbled the Brazilian hard) and a number of wheel-kicks and sidekicks. For his part, Silva provided sudden bursts of no-nonsense kicks and punches – with the last explosion of the round seriously putting Le on notice that he was going to have his hands full. Round 2 seemed to be all about Le landing kick after kick from outside. But then in the final minute, BAM! Silva exploded once more, and adding devastating knees to the mix, rocked Le and soon dropped him. The referee called a halt to the punishment at 4:49 of the round, giving the Brazilian the win via knockout.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua vs. Dan Henderson: It’s a great testament to Henderson’s power and Shogun’s resilience that “Hendo” was able to hurt his opponent twice in the early part of the first round, and Shogun was able to recover and hurt the American later on in the round. But Henderson’s brick-heavy fists took their toll, and as the two began to stand in front of each other and trade more and more, Shogun’s strikes began to lose some of their zest. It was a bloodied and determined Shogun that came out in the third, and after getting dropped by a Hendo right hand halfway through the round, he was even bloodier and struggling to stay alive. Miraculously, he did stay alive, though, and when he could he scrambled into a heelhook attempt that Henderson was forced to defend against. The round ended with Shogun finding success threatening with takedowns, so when Round 4 commenced he resumed his efforts at getting Henderson down. When that yielded no fruit, the slugfest continued, and Shogun’s uppercut found its mark, sending Henderson reeling. After that the jiu-jitsu black belt did succeed in getting his adversary down, and though Henderson managed to escape his mount, when Round 5 rolled around Shogun again took up position sitting on Henderson’s chest – a spot that he kept returning to whenever Henderson wiggled out. It was the true essence of an epic battle, and when the judges tallied their scorecards, they awarded Henderson the unanimous decision.
Submission of the Night: Urijah Faber
Knockout of the Night: Michael McDonald
Fight of the Night: Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le AND Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (two FOTN awards were given).