Dan Henderson is scheduled to fight Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 31 in Brazil this upcoming November. The bout will be contested at light heavyweight, Henderson's home since returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2011.
This isn't the first time the two have fought. In 2006 at Pride 32 in Las Vegas, Henderson was able to win a Unanimous Decision by controlling the fight and utilizing his wrestling. It was also the bout where Belfort tested positive for 4-hydroxytestosterone.
Rick Lee of Prime One Productions caught up with Henderson at his new gym, the Dan Henderson Athletic Fitness Center, to talk the upcoming bout.
Vitor's a dangerous guy. He's got a lot of knockout power. He's quick. He moves forward real quick as well when he closes the distance. You've got to be real careful with him. Sometimes mentally he doesn't show up. Sometimes he does. You never know what you'll get. I'm expecting to fight the best Vitor out there. And he's been fighting well lately. It should be a good one. The first time I fought him, I just stayed in his face and controlled him. I won every round, I felt handedly. I don't know if we got in the big slugging matches too much, but I felt like I controlled and beat him there. I'd like to do the same except for finish him this time.
Henderson also opened up about his current contract status with the UFC. The Belfort bout is the final fight on his contract. This very well could be Henderson's final fight in the UFC as he's currently riding a two fight losing streak.
This is the last fight on my contract actually. I don't know if we're going to renew now or do it after. Either way is fine with me. I still plan on fighting three times next year. I've got about five fights left in me for sure, we'll see what happens after that.
UFC Fight Night 32 goes down November 9, 2013.