A rematch between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson has been set for an unannounced UFC event in Brazil on November 9.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the match to ESPN, but he did not say what weight class it would take place in.
Henderson is currently ranked the #2 light heavyweight, and Belfort is ranked the #3 middleweight. However, both men have fought outside their current weight class.
Belfort is coming off of back-to-back wins in two UFC on FX main events. He defeated Michael Bisping at TKO at 1:27 in the second round in January, and knocked out Luke Rockhold at 2:32 in the first round in May. Belfort recently turned down a match against Tim Kennedy, saying he didn’t want to fight any non-title matches.
Of course, there’s one thing standing in the way of Belfort’s shot at the title: Anderson Silva. The former middleweight champion is set to try and win his title back from Chris Weidman at UFC 168 on December 28. UFC president Dana White said he didn’t see the fight going the same it way it did at UFC 162. He also said it would be the “biggest fight in UFC history.”
Henderson, on the other hand, is coming off two consecutive split decision losses to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. Before the match with Machida in February, Henderson hadn’t fought since November 2011, when he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua by unanimous decision at UFC 139. The bout not only earned Fight of the Night, but Fight of the Year, as well.
Henderson was supposed to take on light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 151 in September 2012, but was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury. The withdrawal resulted in the event being canceled for the first time in UFC history.
The last time Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson met in the Octagon was at Pride 32 in October 2006. Belfort won the match by unanimous decision.