On Sunday, March 23, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 38: Shogun vs. Henderson II from the Ginasio Nelio Dias in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

In the night’s main event, MMA legends collided for a second time as former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson faced former Pride Middleweight Grand Prix and UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The pair met previously at UFC 139 in 2011 in one of the greatest fights in the sport’s history. Henderson edged Rua on the scorecards after the five-round war. The two veterans have struggled since the epic battle, with Henderson dropping three straight bouts and the Brazilian Rua going 2-2.

Also on the main card, a number of Ultimate Fighter winners looked to continue climbing the ladder in their respective divisions. TUF: Brazil winner Cezar Ferreira took on fellow TUF alum C.B. Dollaway in the co-main event, while TUF: Smashes winner Norman Parke clashed with TUF: Brazil 2 winner Leonardo Santos.

The 11-fight event kicked off Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET with a single fight streaming on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. Four additional preliminary card bouts followed on Fox Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, with the six-fight main card airing live at 7 p.m. ET.

Henderson finishes “Shogun”

In one of the sport’s most anticipated rematches, Dan Henderson survived multiple knockdowns, stopping former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua with a third-round TKO.

Shogun came out with kicks and Henderson looked for his trademark overhand right. The Brazilian landed multiple kicks to Henderson’s lead leg. The pair scrambled in the center of the cage as they looked for openings on the inside. Henderson shot for a takedown, but Shogun easily got out of range. Henderson charged forward and Shogun pushed him against the fence briefly. Henderson connected with a left hook that stunned Shogun, but as the fighters began exchanging, a right hand-left hook combination from Shogun dropped Henderson. Shogun flurried for the finish, but the horn to end the round prevented the finish.

Shogun opened round two with a big right hand. Henderson answered back, but Shogun pushed him against the fence. The pair traded wildly in the center of the cage until Henderson sought a takedown. Shogun brushed him off and connected with a huge right uppercut that dropped Henderson again. Henderson tied up Shogun in his guard, but the Brazilian was patient with his shots from the top position. Herb Dean stood the fight up in the final seconds of the frame.

Henderson again looked to find a home for his right hand in round three. Shogun continued to use his jab and kicks to control the pace. Henderson looked for a takedown, but Shogun again defended. As the pair separated, Henderson landed a right hand that sent the Brazilian crashing to the mat. Henderson flurried with more right hands and Dean stepped in to save Shogun from further damage.

Dollaway crushes “Mutante”

TUF 7 alum C.B. Dollaway took out another TUF: Brazil product, needing just 39 seconds to stop Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira with punches.

Ferreira fired two straight lefts and a head kick right off the bat. Dollaway answered with a right hand to slow the Brazilian’s advance. A left hook from Ferreira found its mark and he backed Dollaway against the cage. The pair threw looping punches and a right hand from Dollaway sent Ferreira to the mat. Dollaway smelled blood and followed him to the mat. He delivered a series of shots and the referee waived off the fight.

Parke and Santos fight to majority draw

Former TUF winners Norman Parke and Leonardo Santos battled to a majority draw after Parke was deducted a point for grabbing Santos’ shorts in round two.

Santos landed with leg kicks early in the first round. Parke got inside and the pair traded punches. Santos looked to clinch, but Parke pushed him away. A counter uppercut from Santos connected and Parke’s left eye began to swell. Parke pinned Santos against the fence, but could not mount any offense. Santos looked for a trip takedown, but Parke defended it. Parke threw a pair of head kicks late in the frame, but Santos blocked both.

Parke ate another uppercut to kick off round two. Santos openly traded punches, allowing Parke to push him against the cage. Parke went for a takedown, grabbing Santos’ shorts in the process. The referee intervened and took a point from Parke. Parke continued to press the fight against the cage and he delivered short punches. Santos managed to keep the fight upright until the bell sounded.

Parke came out firing with punches and kicks in the final round. He again closed the distance and put Santos against the fence. Santos tried to reverse the position, but Parke continued to deliver short shots and knees from the clinch position. Parke stuck to Santos like glue until the referee split them apart. Parke scored with his left hand and Santos looked for a takedown. Parke returned the fight to the clinch position and looked for a takedown from the body lock as the fight came to a close.

Maldonado too much for Villante

Brazilian light heavyweight Fabio Maldonado overcome a tough first round to outwork Gian Villante and earn an exciting unanimous decision win.

Villante scored with a takedown right off the bat. Maldonado worked to get back to his feet, but Villante pressured him against the fence and delivered a series of knees. Villante again put the Brazilian on his back. The American was able to score with short shots and kept Maldonado pinned to the canvas until the round came to an end.

In the second round, Villante connected with a left hook that saw Maldonado wobble early. Maldonado began to snap his jab and forced Villante to take the fight to the ground. Villante looked to take Maldonado’s back, but the Brazilian stood. Villante scored with a knee that opened up a big cut on the Brazilian. Maldonado scored with body punches. Villante missed with a takedown attempt and Maldonado continued to score with his hands.

Villante sought the takedown early in the final stanza, but Maldonado kept the fight on the feet. The Brazilian landed more strikes to the body of Villante. Maldonado marched forward and landed at will with his jab. A big left hook from Maldonado prompted another takedown attempt from Villante, but he could not take the Brazilian to the mat. Maldonado was relentless with his punches and nearly finished the fight in the waning seconds as Villante stumbled to the mat.

Prazeres cruises past Taisumov

In his natural weight class of lightweight, Brazilian Michel Prazeres dominated Mairbek Taisumov from bell-to-bell, earning a clear-cut decision.

Prazeres was the aggressor early, scoring with combinations. The Brazilian closed the distance and put Taisumov on his back. Prazeres moved to mount briefly, but Taisumov was able to work back to his feet. It was short-lived as Prazeres scored another takedown and moved back to the mount. Referee Mario Yamasaki took a point from Taisumov for grabbing the fence before the round closed.

Taisumov managed to get Prazeres on his back early in round two, but he was hesitant to dive into the guard. Prazeres looked for a takedown and Taisumov grabbed the fence, prompting a second point deduction. The Brazilian scored with a head kick and a series of punches that had Taisumov backpedaling throughout the remainder of the round.

Prazeres closed the distance early in the final round, looking to drag Taisumov to the ground. Taisumov again grabbed the fence and Yamasaki warned that he would be disqualified for another infraction. Taisumov opened up with his striking, but the Prazeres fired back with counter strikes. Prazeres scored a takedown with 90 seconds remaining in the fight and moved to the mount. Taisumov managed to escape back to his feet, but it was too little, too late as Prazeres claimed the decision.

“Jason” stops Siler

Brazilian featherweight Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra needed less than 90 seconds to stop American foe Steven Siler by TKO.

Siler opened the fight with kicks, while Jason looked to counter with his hands. Jason connected with a big right hand that saw Siler’s legs wobble badly. The Brazilian smelled blood and landed a follow-up left that sent Siler to the mat. Before Siler had a chance to fight back, the referee intervened and halted the contest. Siler protested, but to no avail.

Preliminary Card Summary

Thiago “Marreta” Santos made his countryman Ronny Markes pay for missing the middleweight limit, scoring a lightning-fast TKO victory. Santos delivered a big kick to Markes’ liver to start the fight and Markes crashed to the mat in pain. Santos flurried with punches and referee Mario Yamasaki waived off the bout.

Brazilian flyweight Jussier “Formiga” da Silva got back in the win column, dispatching of WEC title challenger Scott Jorgensen via first-round rear-naked choke. Formiga came out the aggressor and looked to drag Jorgensen to the mat. Jorgensen defended well and kept the fight upright, but an inadvertent headbutt sent the American crashing to the ground. Formiga capitalized, taking Jorgensen’s back and slapping on the submission.

Welterweight Kenny Robertson steamrolled Brazilian Thiago Perpetuo, earning a first-round submission win. Robertson connected with a head kick just seconds into the fight, opening a cut over Perpetuo’s right eye. Perpetuo looked to work from the top, but Robertson escaped and gained the dominant position. The American mounted Perpetuo and then took his back. Once there, Robertson locked on a rear-naked choke and Perpetuo was forced to tap.

Debuting light heavyweight Hans Stringer did just enough to edge out Brazilian Francimar Barroso on the scorecards via split decision. The pair engaged in a grinding, back-and-forth affair that saw both fighters score from clinch along the fence. Both fighters tired as the fight wore on, but Stringer was able to convince two of the judges at cageside to give him the nod.

Brazilian Godofredo “Pepey” Castro spoiled the Octagon debut of Israel’s Noad Lahat, scoring a violent flying knee knockout in the first round. The featherweights traded shots in the opening minutes of the bout and trading knees from the clinch, but when the pair separated, Pepey unleashed the fight-finishing knee.

FULL RESULTS
Dan Henderson def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by TKO (punches). Round 3, 1:31
C.B. Dollaway def. Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira by TKO (punches). Round 1, 0:39
Norman Parke vs. Leonardo Santos ruled a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov by unanimous decision (30-25 x3)
Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra def. Steven Siler by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:17
Thiago “Marreta” Santos def. Ronny Markes by TKO (liver kick and punches). Round 1, 0:53
Jussier “Formiga” da Silva def. Scott Jorgensen by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:07
Kenny Robertson def. Thiago Perpetuo by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:45
Hans Stringer def. Francimar Barroso by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Godofredo “Pepey” Castro def. Noad Lahat by knockout (flying knee). Round 1, 2:39