Dana White: Vitor Belfort has 'got to win' Dan Henderson fight to remain No. 1 Middleweight contender

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

He may be fighting Dan Henderson at Light Heavyweight at UFC Fight Night 32, but Vitor Belfort made that choice. And if he wants to keep his Middleweight title hopes alive, he must win this weekend (Nov. 9, 2013) in Brazil.

Vitor Belfort is "definitely" at the front of the Middleweight line when it comes to his long-desired title shot.

That's according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who confirmed on UFC Fight Night 31: "Fight for Troops 3" media call (listen to full audio replay here) that "The Phenom" currently has next when it comes to challenging the winner of the much-anticipated rematch between current 185-pound division king Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva, which is set to go down at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

But, that can all change if Belfort comes up short this weekend (Nov. 9, 2013) against Dan Henderson when the two collide in the main event of UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil. It's a five-round rematch that will be contested at Light Heavyweight (205 pounds).

"Vitor's got to win the fight," White declared. "This isn't one of those fights where he is moving up to Light Heavyweight to fight Jon Jones. He's fighting another 185 pounder. They [Belfort and Henderson] just decided not to cut weight to fight at 205."

Belfort recently bagged and tagged two highlight reel victories at Middleweight, knocking out Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold in back-to-back fights just four months apart.

The 205-pound scrap against "Hendo" -- a rematch seven years in the making -- came to frution when Vitor turned down a fight against Tim Kennedy, stating that he would only take another fight at 185 pounds if it was for the title. Belfort, it seems, still holds the top spot despite being "difficult."

He just has to defeat Henderson, something that will be easier said than done as the Brazilian bomber will collide head on against a motivated "Hendo" who is currently on a two-fight losing streak and is fighting for a new lucrative UFC contract.

Indeed, the stakes will be high for both men in Brazil.

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