The UFC’s traditional year-end event needed a title fight, and with Vitor Belfort’s big victory over Rich Franklin it looks like it’s got one.
Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White told The Times his organization has struck verbal deals for Anderson Silva to defend his middleweight championship against Vitor Belfort on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas.
So where does that leave Dan Henderson? He made it crystal clear that he wanted the next title shot and wasn’t interested in fighting Nate Marquardt in a number one contender’s match. He’s currently in talks with the UFC for a new contract, but they obviously just shut down one of his demands. Rumors are apparently flying that he and Marquardt will fight at UFC 108 as well, but I’ve yet to see any credible sources supporting that claim.
The light heavyweight division is going to need a new title contender in the near future, and with the Rampage-Dana war raging, no one has emerged as an obvious candidate. If Hendo wants an immediate title shot, his best bet now is to lobby for one at 205.
Back to the original story, anyone think Vitor Belfort can pull off the upset?
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