Day of reckoning: Henderson vs. Silva projected for UFC 82

There are main events, and there are MAIN EVENTS.

Dan "Hollywood" Henderson (22-6), after much resistance, has conceded to moving down a weight class to try and dethrone current UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson "The Spider" Silva (20-4).

The bout is tentatively scheduled to headline UFC 82 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio on March 1, 2008.

The announcement was made during the post-fight press conference for UFC 78, which took place Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Henderson is coming off a disappointing loss against current Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 75. While the result may not have been what he wanted, the bout was a showcase of upper-level mixed martial arts.

At the time, Henderson was steadfast in his decision to remain at 205 pounds.

In addition to knocking out Wanderlei Silva at PRIDE 33, Hendo is also only one of three people to hold victories over current UFC heavyweight contender Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira.

He'll need every ounce of that experience against "The Spider," who has completely dominated the UFC middleweight division with five straight wins, including four devastating (T)KO's.

Silva is also considered by many to be the sport's top pound-for-pound fighter and may solidify that ranking with a dominant performance over Henderson, one of the few remaining fighters seen as a viable threat to the middleweight title.

Things could get very interesting in 2008.

Stay tuned.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker