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.

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