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Hendo 'had trouble breathing' prior to Shogun win

ESPN staff
November 21, 2011

Dan Henderson went into his fight with Mauricio Shogun Rua off the back of an illness that left the veteran struggling to breathe, according to his business partner.

Henderson somehow lasted through five of the most brutal rounds he will ever be involved in against Shogun, coming out on top of one of the all-time great MMA bouts.

From round four onwards the 41-year-old's gas tank appeared to have run dry, partially because he had punched himself out trying to finish Shogun in the third.

However, Henderson's business partner Aaron Crecy revealed to MMA Junkie there was another reason for Hendo's slow finish. The Strikeforce champion had barely been able to train earlier in the week.

"He'd been ill throughout the week, so the five-round fight was pretty tough on his body," Crecy said. "He was having trouble breathing because he was so dehydrated."

A sprained thumb also hindered Henderson's ability, and Crecy revealed the final stages of the fight were just about hanging in.

"Going into this fight, Dan felt like a five-round fight was to his benefit," Crecy said. "He was in great shape. It was just unfortunate. And the other thing was that 'Shogun' was just tough."

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