Report: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua at UFC 139

Dan Henderson last fought for the UFC at UFC 100, where he knocked out Michael Bisping. Photo by UFC.com

The UFC will not be welcoming Dan Henderson with the title shot or rematch he wanted. Instead, the (former?) Strikeforce light heavyweight champion will return at UFC 139 to fight former UFC light heavyweight champion and Pride's 2005 middleweight grand prix champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, according to a report from MMA Weekly.

MMA Weekly's sources also indicate that Henderson and Rua will slot as the main event of the event, which had been filled by a middleweight bout between Vitor Belfort and Cung Le. A heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos was expected to top the card until the UFC moved the bout to its debut on Fox.

Henderson entered Strikeforce after terms to a new contract could not be met following UFC 100. He went 3-1 in the organization, capped off by a stoppage victory over former number one heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. Henderson holds a 5-2 lifetime record in the UFC, with appearances dating back to UFC 17.

Mauricio Rua knocked out Forrest Griffin at UFC 134 in Brazil, bouncing back from losing his title to Jon Jones earlier this year at UFC 128.

Henderson and Rua both fought for Pride between 2003 and 2007, but never met in the ring.

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