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Flashback: Silva beats Hendo in UFC 82 SuperFight

Flashback to 2008, when Anderson Silva defended his belt yet again against Dan Henderson at UFC 82.

UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva lost the first round to PRIDE 183-pound title holder Dan Henderson in their UFC 82 title unification bout, but in round two, Silva turned up the heat and finished Henderson with a rear naked choke to make it game over and another victory for the most dominant fighter in the sport at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The opening seconds were tense as Henderson moved forward behind probing kicks to the leg. Silva fired back with a leg kick of his own 70 seconds into the bout, but a brief follow-up exchange produced no fireworks. As the bout approached the three-minute mark, Silva was trying to work his kicks, but it was Henderson who broke the ice scoring wise with a takedown. Silva did his best to keep Henderson tied up as the Californian fired off a series of hammerfists at close range, and with under 30 seconds left Henderson briefly got into side control before ending up in Silva’s guard by round’s end.

Free Fight: Anderson Silva vs Dan Henderson | UFC 82, 2008
Free Fight: Anderson Silva vs Dan Henderson | UFC 82, 2008
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Silva came out with more urgency in the second round, firing off kicks that Henderson was able to brush off with little difficulty. Henderson fired back with some haymakers, but while Silva waved his foe on, the close exchanges allowed Henderson to grab hold of “The Spider” and tie him up against the fence. Once the two separated, Henderson landed with a couple of hard strikes, but Silva responded with a right knee to the head that appeared to jar “Hendo.” Henderson looked for the takedown, but Silva jumped into the top position and tried to land a finisher. As the round entered its final two minutes, Henderson’s head was clear, but Silva was actively working, and with under a minute to go, the UFC champion got his foe’s back and sunk in a rear naked choke. Henderson valiantly tried to fight it off and make it to the end of the round, but at the 4:52 mark he was forced to tap out.
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COLUMBUS,OH - MARCH 1: Anderson Silva (black/yellow tight shorts) def. Dan Henderson (blue/orange shorts) - Submission (rear naked choke) - 4:52 round 2 during the UFC 82 - Pride of a Champion at Nationwide Arena on March 1,2008 in Columbus,Ohio. (Photo by: Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
COLUMBUS,OH - MARCH 1: Anderson Silva (black/yellow tight shorts) def. Dan Henderson (blue/orange shorts) - Submission (rear naked choke) - 4:52 round 2 during the UFC 82 - Pride of a Champion at Nationwide Arena on March 1,2008 in Columbus,Ohio. (Photo b

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