Dan Henderson on rematch with Vitor Belfort: 'Seems like he has some kicks now'

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UFC Fight Night 32 will feature a rematch between two all-time greats, but who will reign supreme? "Hendo" credits his striking with why he will end up finishing Vitor Belfort.

Dan Henderson vs. Vitor Belfort light heavyweight rematch will in fact, go down 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.

If the interview "Hendo" conducted with FOX Sports at UFC Fight Night 28: "Teixeira vs. Bader," was any indication of how the re-do will end up, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans can expect a striking war.

"I am excited to fight someone who is going to bang with me. Vitor has been around for a long time -- it seems like he has some kicks now, so I guess that's different from before. I am excited to fight him and beat his rear end."

The two originally squared off against each other at PRIDE 32, with the American 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 Las Vegas since.

And possibly why the two never fought again... until now.

Both fighters have remained competitive in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) following their respective runs in RPIDE, but have somehow managed to avoid crossing paths.

Following two tough decision losses to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, Henderson knows his next scrap determines whether he continues to fall further away from current division champion Jon Jones, or whether he has one last title run in him.

It may even decide if he has any UFC fights left on his contract.

"I probably have five or six fights left. I am a little further away from the title than I'd like to be, but I had two close fights that didn't go my way -- so I need to get right back in there. They all are must wins for me and obviously I don't want to lose three in a row."

On the flip side of the coin, "The Phenom" has won two straight, both by impressive highlight-reel knockout and wants to fight everyone UFC has to offer en route to another shot at "Bones."

Regardless, no existing storylines surrounding the fight between the two future UFC Hall of Famers will matter on that fateful night in Brazil.

As "Hendo" simply put it:

"I match up well with Vitor, I am excited to go out and bang with him."

Who wins?


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