In the main event at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson, former champions face-off as Vitor Belfort (23-10 MMA; 12-6 UFC) takes on Dan Henderson (29-10 MMA; 6-4 UFC). This Light Heavyweight 5 round fight caps off the six fight main card live from Brazil. Henderson is currently the #6 contender at Light Heavyweight according to the official UFC rankings. Belfort is unranked in this division, but is #2 at Middleweight. UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson airs live from Brazil this Saturday, November 9 on Fox Sports 1 with a fight time of 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT for the main card.
Though it has not been a big talking point in the lead-up to the fight, this is actually a rematch from 2006. That fight, which took place in Pride, was a rather dull, lackluster affair easily won by Henderson via decision. Belfort in particular has changed quite a bit since that fight - expect this one to look much different. Also notable here is that both men have been granted TRT exemptions for the fight.
How do these two stack up?
Belfort: 36 years old | 6'0" | 74" reach
Henderson: 43 years old | 6'1" | 71" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Vitor "The Phenom" Belfort is not simply one of the earliest pioneers still standing, he's still very much a relevant fighter at the top of the rankings. Since his return to the UFC in 2009 he has been incredible, losing only in title shots to Anderson Silva and Jon Jones, and scoring spectacular stoppage wins over everyone else, including Rich Franklin, Michael Bisping, and Luke Rockhold. Dana White this week called him the next #1 contender at Middleweight, though he's moving up to 205 here. Still, Belfort's open use of TRT has left a bad taste in the mouths of many fans, and has in some ways tainted this great run.
Dan Henderson has had a tremendous Hall of Fame career, marked by two Pride titles, a UFC tournament title, and some huge wins over legends of the sport. But at 43, he's most definitely slowing down. Hendo has not won a fight since his epic victory over Shogun Rua back at UFC 139. The two years since have been marked primarily by inactivity as Henderson waited for a title shot that never managed to materialize. A great wrestler, Henderson now relies almost exclusively on his patented H Bomb right hand KO to win fights. A third loss here would be rough for this legend.
Why should you care?
A close match between two absolute legends of the sport with the potential for a jaw dropping KO from either side at any given moment? Yeah, I can't imagine why anyone would care about that.
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