Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua was left bleeding, battered and bruised after his five round slug-fest with Dan Henderson at UFC 139 last night, but before being carted off to hospital he showed his true fighting spirit by calling for a rematch.

“I’m going to rest with my family now and take care of myself. Then I’m going to go back and look at the tapes. I want a rematch and I think this would be another great battle and one the fans would definitely want to see,” Rua said.

Shogun came up short in this occasion, though only just with all three judges scoring the fight 48-47 in Henderson’s favor.

Several onlookers scored it as a draw however, including UFC President Dana White, believing that the Brazilian had done enough to secure a 10-8 final round and Rua’s own post-fight analysis fell into line with that way of thinking.

“I don’t know how the judges scored the last round. It could have been or should have been a 10-8 round. But that doesn’t take anything away from Dan Henderson. He is a legend and those are the type of fights that create a legacy.”

In many respects it is a shame that the fight wasn’t scored a draw as Shogun showed a remarkable display of heart to come back from the brink of defeat on numerous occasions to actually end the fight getting the better of his opponent.

All the talk backstage was about Henderson now heading for a title shot at either middleweight or light-heavyweight in 2012, but personally I’d love to see the rematch sooner rather than later.

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