Daniel Cormier targeted for spot on UFC 173 main card against either Dan Henderson or Ryan Bader

Thearon W. Henderson

The UFC is planning another card reshuffling, which could affect UFC 173, 174, and 175.

The never-ending card shuffling surrounding UFC 173 has a new twist .

Having lost its original co-main event of Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic to the TUF Brazil 3 Finale, UFC 173 could soon gain Daniel Cormier (and potentially Dan Henderson). On last night's episode of UFC Tonight, it was revealed that the UFC is discussing the possibility of moving Cormier's fight with Dan Henderson, which is still not official for UFC 175 in July, to UFC 173. If Henderson is medically cleared to compete in May, then Cormier vs. Henderson is in the cards.

In the event that Henderson, whose last fight was March 23rd against Shogun Rua, is unable to compete, Ryan Bader could step in for him. Bader is rumored to be facing Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 174 in Vancouver, but is the planned alternate for Henderson if he can't fight at UFC 173. Keep in mind that prior to Hendo's knockout of Shogun he was cleanly dropped twice.

So in summary: Cormier went from fighting "Feijao" Cavalcante at UFC 175 to facing Dan Henderson at 175 with Bader/Feijao at 174, but now Cormier/Hendo or Cormier vs. Bader is possible for 173 and Feijao could be left without an opponent. Such is the fun of matchmaking musical chairs.

The current UFC 173 lineup features a main event title fight between bantamweight champion Renan Barao and T.J. Dillashaw, with Robbie Lawler and Jake Ellenberger in a tentative co-main event spot unless the UFC can get Cormier vs. Bader/Henderson on here.

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