UFC 139 will take place Saturday, November 19 from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. The fight card is stacked with former champions from various MMA promotions, including UFC, PRIDE, WEC and Strikeforce.
Headlining the card will be Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua, two former champions that will be looking to put themselves in line for the shot at the ultimate prize. That is, Jon Jones’ UFC light heavyweight title.
Henderson, a former champion in Strikeforce and PRIDE, is 4-1 in his last five fights with all four of those victories coming via knockout. The last time Henderson fought in the UFC was at UFC 100, where he delivered one of the most memorable knockouts in UFC history by putting Michael Bisping to sleep at the 3:20 mark of Round 2.
Henderson’s opponent, “Shogun” Rua, has a record of 4-3 since joining the UFC in 2007. Two of those wins came by knockout and the other two came via TKO. Of Rua’s three losses in the Octagon, the one that most likely nags at him the most is the loss to Jon Jones at UFC 128 in a fight that saw Jones wrestle the title away from Rua in dominating fashion.
The co-main event of the evening will see former Strikeforce champion Cung Le face off against former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva.
Le brings a record of 7-1 into his Octagon debut. Of those wins, five have come via knockout and two via TKO. He will look to add another stoppage victory to that list when he faces the struggling “Axe Murderer.”
Silva has a record of 2-6 since 2006. Of his six losses, four have come via knockout or TKO. After his last loss, a 27-second knockout at the hands of Chris Leben, UFC president Dana White openly expressed the fact that he was considering pulling a “Chuck Liddell” and basically forcing Silva into retirement
While that did not come to pass, to say that Silva needs a big win in this fight would be an understatement.
Also on the pay-per-view card, former WEC champions Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles will face off, with the winner looking to get a shot at current UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
UFC 139 Odds:
Mauricio Rua (-145) favorite over Dan Henderson (+115)
Cung Le (-160) favorite over Wanderlei Silva (+130)
Urijah Faber (-220) favorite over Brian Bowles (+180)
Rick Story (-150) favorite over Martin Kampmann (+120)
Kyle Kingsbury (-140) favorite over Stephan Bonnar (+110)
Ryan Bader (-340) favorite over Jason Brilz (+270)
Michael McDonald (-420) favorite over Alex Soto (+320)
Chris Weidman (-325) favorite over Tom Lawlor (+265)
Miguel Torres (-345) favorite over Nick Pace (+275)
Gleison Tibau (-180) favorite over Rafeal dos Anjos (+150)
Matt Brown (-155) favorite over Seth Baczynski (+125)
Danny Castillo (-325) favorite over Shamar Bailey (+265)
UFC 139 Main Card Predictions:
Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua:
Both Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua enter this fight coming off knockout wins, Henderson over Fedor and Rua over Forrest Griffin. With both fighters having a nice run of KO victories coming into this fight many are expecting this one to end abruptly. I wouldnât bet the farm on that, in fact I see Henderson taking this one to the ground via his wrestling skills and grinding out the win.Â Henderson by unanimous decision.
Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le:
There comes a point in every great fighters career where they should retire, sadly, it seems as if Wanderlei Silva is well past that point. He’s 2-6 in his last eight fights and four of those knockouts, including a 27-second KO in his last fight, have been pretty nasty.Â Silva will be facing a UFC newcomer in Le, but that newcomer has finished every single fight he has won with a KO or TKO.Â I don’t see this one ending any differently. Le by TKO
Urijah Faber vs, Brian Bowles:
This fight may very well decide who is the next fighter to challenge for Dominick Cruz’s bantamweight title.Â Both fighters probably deserve to be in this situation, with that being said Faber is probably a level higher in overall talent than Bowles add to that the fact that Bowles quit in his corner in a title fight because of a broken hand, and Faber has the advantage in mental toughness as well.Â Add these things up and you have the makings of Faber vs. Cruz III.Â Faber by unanimous decision.
Martin Kampmann vs. Rick Story:
Two fighters that had runs toward the top of the welterweight division derailed will meet up in this bout.Â Kampmann is coming off two controversial losses that could have gone either way, while Story is coming back from a loss to a fighter that was ranked much lower than he was.Â I don’t think Kampmann is in danger of being cut with a loss here, as he was close to winning both of his last two, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to fight like his back’s against the wall.Â Kampmann by unanimous decision.
Stephan Bonnar vs. Kyle Kingsbury:
This one may not be the best fight for a main card if you look strictly at rankings, but if you look at this one as pure entertainment, well, you could do worse.Â Look for a pure stand up battle, that will go the three round distance.Â Kingsbury by split decision.