Dan Henderson Excited to “Bang” with Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32

September 9, 2013
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Vitor Belfort vs Dan Henderson Pride 32Dan Henderson and Vitor Belfort first fought at Pride 32 on Oct. 24, 2006 in a light heavyweight bout.  Henderson defeated Belfort that night via unanimous decision. The two are now slated to meet again at UFC Fight Night 32 on Nov. 9 in Brazil.

In the seven years since their first fight, both fighters have remained relevant in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions.  They’ve both competed for titles in the two weight classes, but came up short.

Henderson (29-10) has lost his last two outings and is determined to not lose three in a row.

“They’re all must-wins in my mind. Obviously, I don’t want to lose three in a row. I feel real confident about my training and my skills, and matching up well with Vitor,” Henderson recently told Fox Sports.

Henderson’s last two opponents, Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, didn’t engage in the type of fight Henderson is accustomed to.  There wasn’t the spirited exchanges Henderson likes, but he believes Belfort is the type of fighter that’s going to be willing to trade shots.

“I’m excited to go out there and fight somebody that’s gonna bang with me. Vitor’s been around a long time. He’s very dangerous and he’s very quick,” he said.  “Seems like he’s got some kicks now, so I guess that’s different than before. I’m excited to go out and fight him.”

At 43 years old, Henderson’s fighting career is winding down, but he feels like he’s got a couple more years in the game.

“I’ve got probably five or six fights (left),” he said when asked about retirement.

Henderson was scheduled to fight for the light heavyweight title against champion Jon Jones at UFC 151, but was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury and hasn’t been able to get back to the top contender status.  He’s not sure if he’ll be able to make another title run, but a win over Belfort would put him back in the title picture.

“We’ll see,” he said about another title run.  “I’m a little farther away from that than I’d like to be. I had two close fights that didn’t go my way, so I need to get right back in there.”

In the rematch, Henderson plans to take the fight to Belfort.

“Make him work hard, staying in his face. Make sure he knows he’s in a fight,” he said were his keys to victory.

“I’m excited to go out there and bang with him.”

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  • ThrashMetalfan

    TRT VS TRT !!!!!!

    • macarrech

      Thats why is going to be in Brazil

  • HendoIndian

    Let me bang bro!

  • JDMMA

    is this a 3 round or a 5 round fight?

    • Dragon Kid

      5 rounds

  • King_DG

    I think he meant he wants to “bang” Vitor Belfort

  • Sir_Roy

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Dan’s been saying that for a few fights now. And I’ve yet to see him bang anything … unless it’s my head against the coffee table as I nodded off.

    Don’t get me wrong, Dan’s a great fighter and a true pioneer of the sport. But his last few have been anticlimactic to say the least.

    • taylor2008

      Yes it did suck when Dan was trying to fight MAchida and Machida ran for most of the fight.

      • Lucas Freire

        Because that’s like the most logical thing for one to do: You’re facing a guy who’s known for the heavy right hand, how he fights? Throwing his right hand over his head. What you do? Stand and trade?

        • taylor2008

          I never said jsut stand there and trade. Circle away to the right away from Dans right hand. Machida mostly ran the whole time. That doesnt make for a fun fight.

      • Sir_Roy

        Yeah, Rashad was equally as exciting. Too bad Rashad didn’t bring it to Dan either. Poor Dan. People refuse to fight his fight I guess … what’s a poor bloke to do …

  • julian moran

    Henderson deserved the win against Evans.