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Vitor Belfort vs Dan Henderson trilogy match set for UFC Fight Night 77 in Brazil

"The Phenom" takes on "Hendo" for a third time in Sao Paulo later this year.

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Trolling Dan Henderson trolls.

Last night (Sat., Aug. 1, 2015) was an immensely entertaining night of mixed martial arts (MMA) action between UFC 190 (fallout here) and World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 22 (fallout here), but it was easy to overlook the comedic mastermind Henderson tweeting away a surprise fight announcement later in the evening.

Well, if not Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Michael Bisping, then who could it possibly be? Turns out, "Hendo" will face off with Vitor Belfort in a trilogy fight.

The fight announcement, which was originally reported by Brazilian outlet Combate (via MMA Fighting), has the match up taking place at UFC Fight Night 77, which will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 7, 2015, exactly two years after their second encounter.

Since their Nov. 2013 bout, which was contested at Light Heavyweight, both fighters took off in completely different directions. "The Phenom" went on to fight for UFC's Middleweight title for a second time in his current Octagon stint at UFC 187 against Chris Weidman, while the former Olympic wrestler Henderson fell on hard times, going 2-2, including being finished on two occasions by Daniel Cormier and Gegard Mousasi.

Henderson has openly expressed his desire for a third crack at Belfort (albeit not in Brazil) so this pairing brings up questions. The 44-year-old put retirement notions to bed, at least for the time being, with a first-round knockout (highlights here) of perennial contender Tim Boetsch back in June.

He currently occupies the position of No. 12-ranked Middleweight fighter in the world in UFC's latest rankings and could use a win over Belfort to keep his name relevant and remain fighting top flight talent and ... err ... work his way back to the top.

Belfort, though he is off Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), will always come in like a firecracker in the opening minutes of a fight, which has known to be a point of weakness for the slow-starting Henderson (most of the time anyway).

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