Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort have agreed to fight at UFC’s Fight Night 32 in Brazil on November 9th. Both fighters have made significant strides since their first encounter seven years ago at PRIDE 32 in which Henderson won a unanimous decision. Henderson captured the PRIDE Middleweight Championship, the StrikeForce Middleweight Championship and knocked out the former Pound For Pound best fighter in the world in Heavyweight Fedor Emelianeko before making his move back to the UFC. Belfort however has experienced a renaissance of sorts by knocking out the likes of Matt Lindland, Rich Franklin, Michael Bisping and former StrikeForce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold.
This fight is interesting for a number of reasons; Henderson has never been knocked out in his MMA career while Vitor has been on a knockout spree as of late. The fight also matches two of the “old school” MMA pioneers in a match that both fighters need to win impressively if they are to contend for a title (Middleweight or Light Heavyweight). Henderson will most assuredly be looking to finish Belfort after being on the wrong end of two razor thin split decisions while Belfort looks to ad to his victim list on his way to another title shot.