When a rumored match up between Daniel Cormier vs. Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 175 hit the Internet last week, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans lamented that "DC" needed a stronger test than "Feijao" to prove that he is a top Light Heavyweight contender.
Now, it seems, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) might have settled on a different, more dangerous opponent to see if Cormier -- who recently steamrolled Patrick Cummins with ease at UFC 170 -- has got 205-pound skills:
MMAFighting.com reports that Henderson is now the first choice to fight Cormier next at UFC 175, which takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 5, 2014.
In fact, the ball is reportedly in the court of Henderson, who is fresh off a sensational, nose-disfiguring (see pic here) knockout win over Shogun Rua in their rematch at UFC Fight Night 38 little more than one week ago (watch video highlights here), to accept or reject the opportunity.
For what it's worth, company president Dana White revealed on Twitter.com that the Cormier vs. Henderson fight is "not done," which means it's somewhere between the initial offer stage and awaiting official signatures. Nonetheless, White didn't deny the possibility, as well as teased that "more good news is coming."
UFC 175 will feature a main event between Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, defending his 185-pound title against former Light Heavyweight champion, the aforementioned Machida. It was a match that was originally scheduled for UFC 173; however, Weidman has to undergo minor knee surgery, forcing the title fight to be postponed until Fourth of July weekend.