Oh, you've done it now!
While Vitor Belfort still has Chael Sonnen in his sights, he's already widening the search for his next potential opponent, according to his wife and manager, Joana Prado. She spoke to SporTV recently and mentioned that should a fight with Sonnen fail to materialize, "The Phenom's" second option would be a rematch against former multi-division Pride champion Dan Henderson.
Both Belfort and Henderson originally squared off against each other at Pride 32, with "Hendo" scoring a unanimous decision victory. After the fight, Belfort tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone, which of course explains why he hasn't returned to fight in Nevada ever since it became public that "The Phenom" now uses the controversial testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Henderson was unable to immediately respond to Belfort's challenge, but his Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach Ricardo Feliciano revealed to Fighter's Only that that they would be more than happy to accept the offer should it present itself.
"Vitor is at the top and Henderson is coming off two decision losses. A victory over him would build us up. Hendo is already 205lbs, this is his normal weight. If this bout happens in November, it will be excellent if included in [Georges St. Pierre]'s card in Las Vegas. I will pump him up. Vitor will regret to have asked for this rematch!"
The two decision losses for Henderson were to former champions Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans in close main and co-main events earlier this year. Considering that Belfort recently vied for the UFC Light Heavyweight Title and is coming off impressive wins over top five middleweights, a rematch would be right up Henderson's alley.
Belfort recently turned down an opportunity to fight Tim Kennedy in Brazil and proclaimed he was not going to take another middleweight fight unless it was for the title. Is this the kind of bout you'd like to see?