There’s still no official word on Dan Henderson’s next contract, but if this report from MMA Weekly is accurate, Hendo is in fact signing with the UFC and his first fight will be against fellow PRIDE veteran Maurcio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139.
Dan Henderson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have verbally agreed to face off at UFC 139 on Nov. 19, MMAWeekly.com has learned.
Independent sources confirmed the fight, which will stand as Henderson’s return to the organization after defeating Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce.
“Many people want this fight [with] Henderson. Dan Henderson is a good guy. He’s a legend in MMA. I’m very happy to fight Dan Henderson. I want this fight.”
MMA Weekly adds that the fight will likely serve as UFC 139’s main event now that Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos is headlining UFC on FOX 1. Vitor Belfort vs. Cung Le will likely follow as the co-main event.
It’s a stellar match-up if true. Hendo’s on a roll and Shogun is always dangerous when healthy. Dynamic Muay Thai vs. the H-bomb. Crafty BJJ vs. Olympic-level Greco-Roman wrestling. Former UFC/PRIDE GP Champion vs. Strikeforce/Former PRIDE Champion. It’s definitely a tough one to call. And you have to imagine the winner will emerge as the top contender in the light heavyweight division behind Rashad Evans.
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