According to Dan Henderson, he will return to action in February and face Lyoto Machida at UFC 156.
“I was told that it should be Super Bowl weekend,” said Henderson, during an appearance on MMA Uncensored Live Thursday evening.
Henderson was forced out of a UFC light heavyweight championship match with Jon Jones earlier this year after a knee injury in training. “Hendo” is expected to help coach Chael Sonnen on the currently-filming season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Machida was named the No. 1 contender to the title he once wore back in August after defeating Ryan Bader, but “The Dragon” turned down a short notice fight with Jones. UFC president Dana White confirmed in the weeks following the UFC 151-fiasco that Machida would need to compete – and win – again before receiving another title shot.
Henderson-Machida will likely be the co-main event, as UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar headline the card from Las Vegas.