Henderson tore through opponents like Rafael Cavalcante, Renato Sobral, and Fedor Emelianenko before coming out victorious in an all-time classic with Mauricio Rua. The win earned him a title-shot and “Hendo” appeared to be on track for a tilt with champion Jon Jones. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury sidelining him for a few months and Jones was promptly matched with Vitor Belfort. A subsequent showdown with Chael Sonnen including duties as a TUF coach took Jones out for a bit, forcing Henderson to fight Lyoto Machida who ended up winning a narrow Split Decision. Hoping to find a more satisfying result, Henderson then faced Rashad Evans this past summer…and once again lost a closely-contested Split Decision. Who needs black cats when you have MMA judging?
With the calendar reading Friday the 13th it seems logical to look at a few UFC fighters who have dealt with their share of bad luck in the Octagon. In some cases, injuries have ravaged otherwise brilliant careers. In others, fate dictated a disappointing defeat or questionable judging brought down hopes of a title-shot. In all, the involved athletes simply couldn’t catch a break…unless it involved a bone, of course. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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