UFC Fight Night 39: Shogun x Henderson II Predictions- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Scott Johnson

Despite both fighters spending some of their best years as members of Pride FC, Shogun Rua and Dan Henderson never crossed paths until 2011 in the main event of UFC 139. What followed was an instant classic that has many MMA fans salivating at the possibility of a repeat performance this Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 39 in Brazil.

Unfortunately for both men, their first meeting was followed by more downs then ups with the two combining for a record of 2-5. Henderson missed all of 2012, including a LHW title shot, and then went 0-3 in 2013. Shogun has compiled a 2-2 record that included a pair of knockout wins, a submission defeat against Chael Sonnen, and a decision loss versus Alex Gustafsson. Neither man is knocking on the door for a title shot, but a triumphant performance on this night will very well open more doors then it will close heading forward.

The co-main event features TUF Brazil champion Cezar Ferreira against CB Dollaway in the Middleweight division. Dollaway is coming off a disappointing decision that saw him get the better of the action against top 15 ranked Tim Boetsch, only to have the judges deny him the victory. In his last appearance, Ferreira finally justified his TUF title by defeating the man he was originally scheduled to face in the finals Daniel Sarafian. Dollaway recently defeated Sarafian in Brazil and will enter enemy territory again looking for his 3 win in his last 4, while Mutante has aspirations of maintaining his undefeated UFC run.

The 6 fight main card will also include a battle of TUF champions as TUF Smashes winner Norman Parke fights TUF Brazil champ Leonardo Santos. Chris Weidman training partner Gian Villante battles the always entertaining Fabio Maldonado in a Light Heavyweight bout. Michel Prazeres welcomes Austrian-born Mairbek Taisumov to the cage and to start the card another TUF winner in Rony Jason meets Steven Siler.

Make sure to check out the latest episode of Kamikaze Overdrive MMA predictions for all of your UFC Fight 39 predictions. Josh Harper and the prediction panel will be providing their picks as well and the Kamikaze Overdrive Bet Pack will be available for purchase in the Bet Shop. Enjoy the fights!

 

115lbs- Cynthia Calvillo (4-0-0) vs Pearl Gonzalez (6-1-0)

  • Cynthia Calvillo -259 (84%, 47 Votes)
  • Pearl Gonzalez +231 (16%, 9 Votes)

Total Votes: 56

185lbs- #4 Chris Weidman (13-2-0) vs #5 Gegard Mousasi (41-6-2)

  • Gegard Mousasi -111 (59%, 43 Votes)
  • Chris Weidman +105 (41%, 30 Votes)

Total Votes: 73

 

155lbs- Will Brooks (18-2-0) vs Charles Oliveira (21-7-0 1NC)

  • Will Brooks -211 (66%, 38 Votes)
  • Charles Oliveira +200 (34%, 20 Votes)

Total Votes: 58

145lbs- Myles Jury (15-2-0) vs Mike De La Torre (14-6-0 1NC)

  • Myles Jury +363 (86%, 55 Votes)
  • Mike De La Torre -400 (14%, 9 Votes)

Total Votes: 64

 

170lbs- #11 Kamaru Usman (9-1-0) vs Sean Strickland (18-1-0)

  • Kamaru Usman -316 (73%, 47 Votes)
  • Sean Strickland +276 (27%, 17 Votes)

Total Votes: 64

145lbs- Shane Burgos (8-0-0) vs Charles Rosa (11-2-0)

  • Shane Burgos -200 (66%, 38 Votes)
  • Charles Rosa +206 (34%, 20 Votes)

Total Votes: 58

 

MAIN CARD

205lbs- #7 Shogun Rua vs #8 Dan Henderson

185lbs- Cezar Ferreira vs CB Dollaway

155lbs- Leonardo Santos vs Norman Parke

205lbs- Fabio Maldonado vs Gian Villante

155lbs- Michel Prazeres vs Mairbek Taisumov

145lbs- Rony Jason vs Steven Siler

 PRELIMINARY CARD

145lbs- Diego Brandao vs Will Chope

185lbs- Ronny Markes vs Thiago Santos

125lbs- Jussier Formiga vs Scott Jorgensen

170lbs- Thiago Perpetuo vs Kenny Robertson

145lbs- Godofredo Pepey vs Noad Lahat

205lbs- Francimar Barroso (16-3-0) vs Hans Stringer (21-5-3)

 

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