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Hendo switches focus to bigger challenge after Rua war

ESPN staff
November 21, 2011
Dan Henderson is one of MMA's best-loved characters and was a popular winner at UFC 139 © Getty Images

Dan Henderson's first act after Saturday's epic victory over Mauricio Shogun Rua will be to help those less fortunate than him by providing Thanksgiving meals.

Henderson went to war with Shogun at UFC 139 in a light-heavyweight battle that will live long in the memory. Both men put their bodies through torture for five rounds, with Hendo eventually taking a disputed unanimous decision.

Neither fighter could attend the post-fight press conference, instead making a direct transfer to hospital, where Henderson later tweeted that he "fought his heart out" and now "wants a title shot".

Much talk after Saturday's classic centred on whether Henderson's next task would be a middleweight title clash with Anderson Silva, or a light-heavyweight title bout with Jon Jones.

However, the 41-year-old's first act will be to reach out to needy families at Thanksgiving, which takes place on the fourth Thursday of November in the US every year.

Henderson and his Clinch Gear clothing company have partnered with San Diego Rescue Mission and the Denver Rescue Mission to provide food for families. Every Hendo 139 Walkout Tee sold will raise at least $7.50 towards the mission.

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