Dana White announces Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson as UFC 173 co-main event

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UFC president Dana White stopped by ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, CT, where he announced the co-main event for UFC 173.

On the 1 PM edition of ESPN's SportsCenter, UFC president Dana White confirmed a late addition to UFC 173 in Las Vegas (May 24th), as Daniel Cormier (14-0) takes on Dan Henderson (30-11) in the co-main event. Originally, this fight was targeted for UFC 175 in July, but Henderson has been cleared to compete following his March win over Mauricio Rua, and Cormier gets what is (by default) his toughest test at 205 lbs.

Cormier knocked out late notice replacement Patrick Cummins at UFC 170 in his 205 lbs debut. The Strikeforce Heavyweight GP winner was supposed to face Rashad Evans on that February card before a knee injury forced Evans off the card. Meanwhile, Henderson snapped a three fight losing streak, which included a KO loss to Vitor Belfort in November 2013, by rallying from two early knockdowns to stun Shogun Rua in Brazil with a 3rd round KO. This March to May turnaround is the shortest gap between fights he's had since KOing Ryo Chonan and Akihiro Gono in one night back in PRIDE's 2005 Welterweight GP.

According to White, the winner of this weekend's Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira match-up faces Alexander Gustafsson, and the Cormier vs. Hendo winner will face the winner of Jones/Teixeira vs. Gustafsson.

As it stands, the top 3 fights are Renan Barao vs. T.J. Dillashaw for the bantamweight title, Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson, and Robbie Lawler vs. Jake Ellenberger.

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