by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Dan Henderson will get another shot at Anderson Silva and the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight crown. UFC President Dana White announced the change on Friday on a conference call with the media.
“Dan Henderson is definitely next in line for the title shot,” White told MMAWeekly.com.
The former two-division Pride titleholder was scheduled to rematch Rich Franklin at UFC 103 in Dallas, but Vitor Belfort will step in to replace him while Henderson waits to face Silva.
Silva fights Aug. 8 in Philadelphia in the light heavyweight division against Forrest Griffin. As far as a timeframe goes for Henderson vs. Silva II, White said, “It depends on what happens with Anderson next week. If he doesn’t get busted up or get any major injuries, it could be very soon.”
Many felt the winner of Nate Marquardt and Damien Maia, who fight at Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 29 at UFC 102, would be in title contention. White said they’re “in the mix,” adding, “It’s good to have these kinds of problems at 185. Anderson Silva’s been so dominant at that weight. It’s good to have a few guys in line and have them in the mix.”
Since losing to Anderson Silva at UFC 82 in March of 2008, Henderson has strung together a three-fight win streak with victories over Rousimar Palhares, Rich Franklin, and a knockout win over Michael Bisping.