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UFC Fight Night: Vitor Belfort vs Dan Henderson II Preview
UFC presents Fight Night, taking place November 9, 2013, from Goiania, Brazil. The main event is a blockbuster, light heavyweight rematch between two MMA legends and former champions, Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.
Vitor Belfort vs Dan Henderson II Trailer
Belfort and Henderson previously fought in 2006 at Pride 32. Henderson won the bout via unanimous decision. This is a rematch that is long overdue and MMA fans worldwide cannot wait.
Dan Henderson Highlight Video
What can you say about Dan Henderson that already hasn’t been said? The man is a true MMA legend and icon. He’s a 4 time world champion who has held belts in Strikeforce, Pride, and the UFC. He’s fought in MMA since 1997 and it seems as if he’s not slowing down although being over 40 years old. Henderson is the true meaning of MMA veteran. He has faced off against some of the greatest MMA fighters in the world, including Fedor Emelianenko, Shogun Rua, Jake Shields, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Carlos Newton, and Minotauro Nogueira.
He returned to the UFC in November 2011 after a career defining performance in Strikeforce where he stopped MMA legend Fedor Emilianenko in the first round by TKO. His first fight back in the Octagon was another blockbuster performance at UFC 139 where he and Shogun Rua delivered one of the best fights in the history of the sport. Henderson won that match by unanimous decision. Unfortunately for Hendo, he would lose his next two bouts by decision, one loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 157, and one loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 161. In spite of those back to back losses, Henderson hasn’t lost any credibility with the fans, and he looks forward to once again coming out on top in his rematch with Vitor Belfort.
Vitor Belfort Highlight Video
Vitor Belfort can easily be considered one of the best 10 fighters in the world. The man is a true MMA legend and an absolute machine of destruction. He, like Henderson, has been fighting in MMA since 1997. He started off in the UFC where he won the championship belt in only his 2nd fight at UFC 12. Belfort is known for his incredibly aggressive standup as well as submissions. He has taken on many of the greatest fighters in the world, including Chuck Lidell, Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland, Alistair Overeem, Anderson Silva, Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva, and Tank Abbott. He has many highlight reel knockouts and is respected by both MMA fans and fighters.
Belfort has fought in Pride, Affliction, Cage Rage, and Strikeforce. He returned to the UFC in 2009 to face Rich Franklin at UFC 103. He devastated Franklin by knocking him cold in round 1. His next fight was for the middleweight belt against Anderson Silva. Silva finished Belfort by KO in round 1, but that did not slow Belfort down a bit. He won his next two fights in round 1, knocking out Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133, and submitting Anthony Johnson at UFC RIO. He moved up in weight to fight Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt at UFC 152, but lost by submission in round 4.
Once again not letting a loss slow him down, Belfort went on another immediate tear, completing obliterating Michael Bisping at UFC on FX 7 with a vicious head kick, then destroying former champ Luke Rockhold with a spinning back kick at UFC on FX 8. Although fighting in MMA since 1997, Belfort looks more destructive than he’s ever been, and you can be sure that he wants to avenge the loss to Dan Henderson.
Also on the main card:
Middleweights Cezar Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian face off.
Rafael Cavalcante takes on Igor Pokrajac in the light heavyweight division.
Paulo Thiago returns to take on Brandon Thatch in the welterweight division.
Two more welterweights face off as Santiago Ponzinibbio faces Ryan LaFlare.
In the featherweight division, Rony Mariano Bezerra takes on veteran Jeremy Stephens.