Sounds like Dan Henderson could be getting the old gang back together again.
That's assuming his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach, Ricardo Feliciano, has the final say in the matter. "Pantcho" is hoping to enlist the services of Chael Sonnen for "Hendo's" upcoming rematch against Vitor Belfort, which is expected to headline the main event of UFC Fight Night 32 on Nov. 9, 2013 at Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil.
His words to Tatame.com:
"I want Chael Sonnen to come and help us, I even spoke with him. I like him and admire his qualities. I recommended Sonnen to Henderson and he liked the idea, but Sonnen just fought and we will give him some time. We like wrestling very much and I believe this is what makes the difference regarding the cardio."
Henderson is no stranger to sharing a gym with Sonnen (or doing this when called upon), but things haven't always been hunky-dory. Probably because the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion had a problem with a certain "little lie" that was told regarding the murder of UFC 151.
But that's probably water under the Team Quest bridge by now.
That might not be the case with Belfort, who has come under fire from both fans and media for taking Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT). Ironically, that's the same treatment "Hendo" was participating in, up until his UFC 161 fight against Rashad Evans in Winnipeg.
The difference here, is that Belfort has already failed a post-fight drug test, dating back to his unanimous decision loss to Henderson at PRIDE 32, and has yet to compete under the watchful eye of a stateside athletic commission (like this one) since beginning his TRT program.
Feliciano accuses "The Phenom" of hiding in Brazil:
"If Dan [Henderson] can't use [TRT], so won't Vitor! Vitor has already been caught in a doping exam and Dan hasn't! Dan has been using it for a long time and I think he won't have problems. I am sure Vitor won't come to [Las] Vegas because here he won't be permitted to use TRT as he has been using in fights in Brazil. That's why he only fights there."
Henderson has previously competed stateside -- including Nevada and California -- without incident.
UFC President Dana White insists he's not protecting Belfort with bouts in Brazil, despite the fact that his "Hendo" hoedown will mark the part-time middleweight's third-straight appearance in his home country and fourth is his last five fights. Vitor hasn't seen the U.S. of A. since his attempted murder against Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133 in New Jersey.
The tangled web we weave...