If Strikeforce commentator and MMA personality Mauro Ranallo is right, it looks like Hendo is heading back to the UFC.
Ranallo posted to his Twitter account on Monday afternoon that Dan Henderson would be returning to the UFC for a light heavyweight contest against former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The bout is apparently to take place at the upcoming UFC 139 show in San Jose, serving as the card’s main event; no word yet on whether or not it will be a five rounder.
After knocking Michael Bisping senseless in one of the most watched fight cards of 2009, UFC 100, Dan Henderson defected from the UFC to Strikeforce in search of a bigger payday. After stumbling in his Strikeforce debut to Jake Shields, dropping the bout by unanimous decision, Henderson went on to take out Renato “Babalu” Sobral and then Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante to earn the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, before beating Fedor Emelianenko in a heavyweight fight. The Pride FC veteran has been rumored to be heading back to the UFC for some time now, continuing Strikeforce’s slow but continual bleeding of talent.
A Pride FC peer of Hendo’s, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua recently bounced back from a title-relinquishing loss to Jonny “Bones” Jones by taking out a fellow former champion in Forrest Griffin. At UFC 134 last month, Rua got revenge on Griffin — who handed him a loss in his UFC debut back in 2007 — by taking him out via first round KO. Rua spoke with MMAInterviews.tv’s Spencer Lazara recently about the rumored bout between he and Henderson.
“Many people want this fight [with] Henderson,” said Rua. “Dan Henderson is a good guy. He’s a legend in MMA. I’m very happy to fight Dan Henderson. I want this fight.”
UFC 139 is expected to take place on November 19 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.