UFC 139

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UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
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A poster or logo for UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson.
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date November 19, 2011
Venue HP Pavilion
City San Jose, California
Attendance 13,832[1]
Total gate $1,268,000[1]
Buyrate 290,000[2]
Event chronology
UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on November 19, 2011 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.[3] It was the first UFC event in San Jose, the longtime home and base arena for Strikeforce.


UFC 139 featured two preliminary fights live on Spike TV.[4]

UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez was originally expected to have his first title defense against Junior dos Santos at this event.[5] However, on September 2, 2011, the UFC announced that fight would be moved to the inaugural UFC on Fox event.[6]

Vitor Belfort was briefly linked to a matchup with Cung Le at this event.[7] However, Belfort was removed from the bout and replaced by Wanderlei Silva.[8]

Dana White announced that the winner of the main event between Rua and Henderson was possibly going to receive a title shot, but then stated in January 2012 that the winner Phil Davis vs. Rashad Evans at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis would receive the next title shot, because the then-champion: Jon Jones was unable to fight the winner of Rua and Henderson because they couldn't materialize the fight between Jones and the Rua vs. Henderson winner (at that time).

Johnny Eduardo was expected to face Michael McDonald at the event.[9] However, Eduardo was forced from the card with a shoulder injury on November 4[10] and replaced by promotional newcomer Alex Soto.[11]

It was initially suspected that the first Spike TV preliminary fight would feature Tom Lawlor vs. Chris Weidman, but it became known that it was Michael McDonald fighting UFC newcomer Alex Soto instead.[12]

During the official UFC 139 weigh ins, Shamar Bailey and Nick Pace failed to make the weight limit for their respective weight classes. Bailey came in 3 pounds over, while Pace came in six pounds over. Each fighter was fined 20 percent of their earnings and their bouts took at catchweights of 158 lbs and 141 lbs respectively.[13]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Dan Henderson def. Maurício Rua Decision (unanimous) (48–47, 48–47, 48–47) 5 5:00 [a]
Middleweight Wanderlei Silva def. Cung Le TKO (knees and punches) 2 4:49
Bantamweight Urijah Faber def. Brian Bowles Submission (guillotine choke) 2 1:27
Welterweight Martin Kampmann def. Rick Story Decision (split) (30–27, 29–28, 28–29) 3 5:00 [b]
Light Heavyweight Stephan Bonnar def. Kyle Kingsbury Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–25, 30–27) 3 5:00
Preliminary card (Spike TV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Light Heavyweight Ryan Bader def. Jason Brilz KO (punch) 1 1:17
Bantamweight Michael McDonald def. Alex Soto KO (punches) 1 0:56
Preliminary card (Facebook)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Chris Weidman def. Tom Lawlor Technical Submission (D'Arce choke)[19] 1 2:07 [c]
Lightweight Gleison Tibau def. Rafael dos Anjos Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 30–27) 3 5:00
Catchweight (141 lbs) Miguel Torres def. Nick Pace Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Welterweight Seth Baczynski def. Matt Brown Submission (guillotine choke) 2 0:42 [d]
Catchweight (158 lbs) Danny Castillo def. Shamar Bailey TKO (punches) 1 4:52 [e]
  1. ^ Voted the 2011 MMA Fight of the Year.[14][15][16]
  2. ^ Dana White incorrectly reported at the post fight press conference that a judge's scores had been tabulated incorrectly and should have been announced as unanimous decision in favor of Kampmann.[17] According to the California State Athletic Commission's website and confirmed by MMADecisions.com, judge Susan Thomas-Gitlin in fact scored the fight in favor of Story.[18]
  3. ^ This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Bailey vs. Castillo fight.
  4. ^ This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the McDonald vs. Soto fight.
  5. ^ This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Bader vs. Brilz fight.

Critical reception[edit]

The event was well received by critics. The main event drew many accolades, including UFC President Dana White calling it "one of the top three best fights ever in MMA", later comparing the fight to the Thrilla in Manila.[20][21] The fight would later garner numerous Fight of the Year awards.[14][15][16]

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $70,000 bonuses.[22]

  • Fight of the Night: Maurício Rua vs. Dan Henderson and Wanderlei Silva vs. Cung Le
  • Knockout of the Night: Michael McDonald
  • Submission of the Night: Urijah Faber

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the California State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the UFC and also do not include the UFC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.[23]

  • Dan Henderson: $250,000 (no win bonus) def. Maurício Rua: $165,000
  • Wanderlei Silva: $200,000 (no win bonus) def. Cung Le: $350,000
  • Urijah Faber: $64,000 ($32,000 win bonus) def. Brian Bowles: $19,000
  • Martin Kampmann: $58,000 ($29,000 win bonus) def. Rick Story: $19,000
  • Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 ($34,000 win bonus) def. Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000
  • Ryan Bader: $48,000 ($24,000 win bonus) def. Jason Brilz: $13,000
  • Michael McDonald: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus) def. Alex Soto: $6,000
  • Chris Weidman: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Tom Lawlor: $12,000
  • Gleison Tibau: $54,000 ($27,000 win bonus) def. Rafael dos Anjos: $16,000
  • Miguel Torres: $60,000 ($30,000 win bonus) def. Nick Pace: $4,000 ^
  • Seth Baczynski: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Matt Brown: $12,000
  • Danny Castillo: $34,000 ($17,000 win bonus) def. Shamar Bailey: $8,000 ^

^ Shamar Bailey and Nick Pace were reportedly fined 20 percent of their purse for failing to make the required weight for their respective fights. The CSAC's initial report did not include information on the penalty.


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  2. ^ "Pay-per-view : MMAPayout.com: The Business of MMA". MMAPayout.com. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  3. ^ "UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson". ufc.com. September 28, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Stupp, Dann (August 23, 2011). "UFC 139 gets "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved August 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Cain Velasquez Set to Defend UFC Title vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 139". mmafighting.com. August 4, 2011. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Cain Velasquez vs. Junior Dos Santos headlines UFC's debut on FOX". mmajunkie.com. September 2, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Vitor Belfort says he's fighting Cung Le at UFC 139 in San Jose". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-09-10. 
  8. ^ "UFC 139 shakeup: Vitor Belfort out, Wanderlei Silva in against Cung Le". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  9. ^ "UFC 139 adds McDonald-Eduardo bout, Torres-Pace confirmed for San Jose event". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  10. ^ "Johnny Eduardo scratched from UFC 139, replacement search underway". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  11. ^ "Newcomer Alex Soto meets Michael McDonald at next week's UFC 139 event". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  12. ^ "After Reshuffling, UFC 139 Spike Prelims to Feature Bader vs. Brilz, McDonald vs. Soto". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  13. ^ "UFC 139 official weigh-in results: Henderson (203), 'Shogun' (205) on weight (Updated)". MMAJunkie.com. November 18, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/7431228/mma-awards-2011
  15. ^ a b http://blog.chron.com/fighting/2012/01/2011-brawl-sports-awards-fight-of-the-year/
  16. ^ a b http://www.mmafighting.com/2011/12/24/fight-of-the-year-dan-henderson-vs-shogun-rua
  17. ^ Brian Hemminger. "UFC 139 results recap: Martin Kampmann vs Rick Story fight review and analysis". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  18. ^ Staff. "UFC 139: Marin Kampmann defeats Rick Story". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  19. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2011/11/23/2582864/ufc-139-judo-chop-chris-weidman-puts-tom-lawlor-to-sleep-with-darce-choke
  20. ^ http://espn.go.com/mma/story/_/id/7259739/dan-henderson-hangs-decision-mauricio-shogun-rua-ufc-139
  21. ^ http://www.espn.co.uk/ufc/sport/story/122297.html
  22. ^ "UFC 139 bonuses: McDonald, Faber, Henderson, 'Shogun,' Silva, Le earn $70K awards". mmajunkie.com. 2010-11-20. 
  23. ^ "UFC 139 salaries: Le ($350K) and Henderson ($250K) top fighter payroll". mmajunkie.com. November 21, 2010.