Report: Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort rematch at UFC Fight Night 32 to be contested at light heavweight

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Good for "Hendo" ... bad for "Phenom?"

Dan Henderson wasn't kidding when he said he wasn't going back to middleweight unless it was for a title shot.

"Hendo" is expected to hook 'em up with Vitor Belfort at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 32 event, which takes place at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, on Nov. 9, 2013, a rematch over seven years in the making (details). And just like last time, both fighters will be expected to make the 205-pound weight limit.

MMA Fighting confirmed the official weight class on Wednesday night.

"The Phenom" dropped a unanimous decision loss to Henderson -- who tipped the scale at just 196 pounds -- at PRIDE 32 back in late 2006. Following the "Sin City" event, Belfort had to answer to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

He's since converted to Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).

That won't do him much good in Las Vegas, thanks to a no-nonsense policy from Executive Director Keith Kizer, which may or may not explain why Belfort has been plying his trade in his native Brazil, despite UFC President Dana White's insistence that it has nothing to do with his medical condition.

Benefit, meet doubt.

By contrast, Henderson recently abandoned his longtime relationship with TRT and now competes au naturale. Whether or not that has anything to do with his current two-fight losing streak is a matter of opinion, but both contests could have easily gone in his favor according to at least one judge.

Belfort has won his last two fights by way of highlight-reel knockout.

Henderson hasn't competed at 185 pounds since losing a five-round unanimous decision to Jake Shields back in early 2010. Belfort, meanwhile, was throwing heavy leather against Jon Jones as an emergency 205-pound title contender just last year in Toronto.

What happens when they finally collide later this year in Brazil?


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