Appreciate Henderson-Rua II for what it is, not how it's billed

Friday March 21st, 2014
Mauricio "Shogun" Rio and Dan Henderson will go at it again on Sunday in Brazil.
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Henderson-Rua II is being billed as the most anticipated rematch in UFC history.
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Relevancy isn't everything in this game. Sometimes a fight is just a fight. It appears out of nothingness and takes us nowhere, but in the here and now it's sublime. That's the mindset that best fits this bout. If we attach to it all of the expectations built up from watching Henderson and Rua do battle back in 2011 -- that is, if we treat it like "the most anticipated rematch in UFC history" -- we're destined for disappointment. But if we just sit back and watch, with no rewriting of a glorious past and no expectation for a crowning future, we might just end up with another exhilarating viewing experience.

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