UFC 151 now has a date, location and a main event and it’s a big one.
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will next defend his title against top contender Dan Henderson on Sept. 1 in Las Vegas as the main event for UFC 151.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the news via Twitter on Wednesday.
The fight between Jones and Henderson was booked literally after the UFC’s top 205-pounder defeated Rashad Evans at UFC 145 in April.
Jones won a unanimous decision over Evans, and it was announced later that same night that Dan Henderson would be the next challenger to his belt.
Henderson comes into the fight on quite a tear over his last several fights. Outside of a drop to 185 pounds and a loss to Jake Shields in his Strikeforce debut, Henderson has looked quite unstoppable since then.
Henderson moved back up to 205 pounds, where he knocked out former champions Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante and Renato “Babalu” Sobral, before taking a super fight at heavyweight where he finished former Pride king Fedor Emelianenko.
After moving back over to the UFC, Henderson then put on a “Fight of the Year” performance against former champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua to earn a shot at the light heavyweight title. Now he’ll get his chance at UFC 151 in September.
The Labor Day weekend show will land in Las Vegas on Sept. 1 with Jones vs. Henderson as the headliner. More fights and details about the card will be released in the coming days.