The verbally agreed bout between Vitor Belfort (23-10, pictured) and Dan Henderson (29-10) is now official, with the fight set to take place at UFC Fight Night 32 on November 9th in Goiania, Brazil at the Goiania Arena.
While the fight always appeared likely to happen, the only question was what weight class would they compete at? When announcing the bout, UFC officials confirmed that the pair would square off in the light-heavyweight division, so it appears Vitor is staying true to his word of not wanting to fight at 185, unless a title is on the line.
The bout is a rematch of their earlier 2006 Pride encounter. It was Henderson who came out on top that day, winning the fight by unanimous decision.
Belfort, a former UFC light heavyweight champion and UFC 12 heavyweight tournament champion, has won four of his five previous fights and is currently riding a two-fight winning streak in the UFC, recording two spectacular finishes, that later earned ‘Knockout of the Night’ over Michael Bisping (24-5) and Luke Rockhold (10-2). Vitor has lost just twice in his previous eleven bouts, both of those coming in title fights, to Anderson Silva (33-5) at middleweight and Jon Jones (18-1) at light heavyweight.
Forty-three year old Dan Henderson is currently on a two-fight losing streak, after suffering narrow split decision losses to both Lyoto Machida (19-4) and Rashad Evans (18-3-1). Prior to the split-decision losses, Henderson recorded a unanimous decision victory over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua (21-8) in a bout that not only won ‘Fight of the Night’ honours, but was also voted the UFC’s 2011′s ‘Fight of the Year’.