UFC targets Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson rematch for Nov. 9 event in Brazil
It appears (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC) may finally have settled on an acceptable opponent in a familiar foe: (29-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
It was revealed on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" that UFC officials are targeting a rematch between Belfort and Henderson, who first met in 2006, for an as-yet-unannounced Nov. 9 fight card in Brazil that would likely serve as UFC Fight Night 31.
According to the report, both Belfort and Henderson have verbally agreed to the contest, thought it's currently unclear if the fight would take place at middleweight, light heavyweight or perhaps somewhere in between. Bout agreements have yet to be finalized
Belfort, of course, currently boasts back-to-back stoppage wins over top middleweight contenders and . "The Phenom" had hoped those wins would be enough to earn him a shot at the middleweight belt, but the UFC 168 rematch between current champ and former title holder put those plans on hold.
In the meantime, Belfort turned down a fight with and expressed his desire to fight at 205 pounds or even heavyweight while waiting for a shot at the 185-pound belt.
Meanwhile, the 42-year-old Henderson (who turns 43 later this week), looks to rebound from a pair of disappointing split-decision losses in razor-thin results against and . "Hendo" had been on the verge of a light-heavyweight title shot before the defeats sent him sliding down the rankings.
Belfort and Henderson first met at PRIDE 32. That night, Henderson took home a unanimous-decision win.