Dan Henderson (right) defeated Vitor Belfort at PRIDE 32: "Real Deal" on October 21, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. But that hasn't stopped them from fighting over the web. Photo via Marcelo Alonso.
Them fightin' words!
Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) veterans Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort have a history that dates back to their days competing "Far East" in PRIDE FC, Japan's longtime premiere mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.
The two went toe-to-toe in 2006 at PRIDE 32 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and when it was all said and done, "Hendo" walked away with a unanimous decision victory.
Now, it seems that the two are engaging in another battle, this time, they are throwing verbal jabs at one another.
Fresh off his first round submission win over Anthony Johnson at UFC 142: "Aldo vs. Mendes" back on Jan. 14, 2012, Belfort tells Tatame.com that he took the bout against Johnson because many fighters refused to fight "Rumble," including Dan Henderson.
"Hendo," meanwhile, also told the Brazilian MMA news outlet that he was never offered a fight with Johnson and and also takes a jab at Belfort's past illegal substance issues.
Make the jump to see the mud start slinging:
"He's a strong guy, feared in UFC. Dan Henderson refused to fight him, everybody declined it. He's a guy who's hard to match-up in this division, but I accepted it at a glance. I have never feared any man... I thought it was good challenge and I said yes. I showed how I value the fans and the UFC."
"That's not true, this fight was never offered to me. Steroids might be killing Vitor's neurons, he's getting crazy to say something like that."
In 2006, after their bout at PRIDE 32: "Real Deal," Vitor Belfort tested positive for the banned substance 4-Hydroxytestoerone. Even though "The Phenom" claimed the positive result stemmed from an over-the-counter supplement, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) suspended Belfort for nine months and fined him $10,000.
That didn't stop Henderson from taking a jab at "The Phenom" in defense of his ducking accusations.
A future rematch between the two longtime MMA veterans would be a very nice treat for fans around the globe. Furthermore, weight issues would be nonexistent, seeing as how both have competed at middleweight and light heavyweight.
For the time being, Henderson is currently playing the waiting game and anxiously awaiting the results of the UFC on Fox 2 main event between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis to see just where in line he stands for a chance to contend for the UFC's light heavyweight title, which is currently held by Jon Jones.
Belfort, on the other hand, will next participate as a coach for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): Brazil and will then tangle with opposing coach Wanderlei Silva later in the year.
What's your take Maniacs, hitting below the belt on "Hendo's" part? Or is all fair in love and MMA?