by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday named the headline bout for the promotion’s Sept. 19 date at the American Airlines Center. A rematch between former Pride champion Dan Henderson and former UFC champion Rich Franklin will take top honors at UFC 103 in Dallas.
The two first met at UFC 93 in a light heavyweight headline bout in Dublin, Ireland. They fought bell-to-bell with Henderson earning the nod via split decision.
Though it wasn’t in the promotion’s announcement, sources close to the bout confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that the rematch will also be contested in the light heavyweight (205-pound limit) division.
Each has fought just once since. Henderson is riding high after a second round knockout of fellow Ultimate Fighter season 9 coach Michael Bisping at UFC 100, while Franklin took a unanimous decision victory over Wanderlei Silva in a 195-pound catchweight bout at UFC 99 in Cologne, Germany.
This is a rather interesting match-up. Henderson has been trying to position himself for a rematch against current UFC middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva. Meanwhile, Franklin has been gearing up for a run up the light heavyweight ladder which Silva’s teammate, Lyoto Machida, currently stands atop of.
Also confirmed for UFC 103 is a heavyweight bout between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic – who is now a signed, sealed, and delivered UFC fighter – and rising Brazilian star Junior Dos Santos.