Dan Henderson will try to erase the memory of a couple bitter defeats, two split decision losses to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, when he travels behind enemy lines to face Vitor Belfort in Brazil.
“Hendo” fought Anderson Silva for the middleweight title in 2008, where he took it to the champ in the opening round, but some standing strikes in round two led to “The Spider” crawling to his back and becoming the first and only man to put Henderson away in the Octagon.
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“Anybody that disrespects their opponent in the middle of a fight by showboating, or just acting like the guy doesn’t have any skills to beat you, like Anderson was doing at the time he got knocked out. A lot of fans, myself included, aren’t really disappointed to see him get knocked out. I just wish he would have done that kind of thing when I fought him,” said Hendo.
Henderson and Belfort are expected to collide at 205 pounds. It will be Belfort’s first trip back to the light-heavyweight class since challenging Jon Jones for the title belt back at UFC 152.