by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
“I’ve been saying all along this thing is a unification title bout, Pride Champion vs. UFC Champion. The guy that walks away walks away with the unified, undisputed light heavyweight champion of the world.”
Those are the words of UFC President Dana White at the UFC 73 press conference when speaking about the fight between current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Pride 205lb champion Dan Henderson that will take place at UFC 75 in England on September 8th.
Rumors have circled for the last few weeks that the fight would be only for the UFC light heavyweight title and have gone as far as that the bout would be a non-title fight all together. Dana White’s comments confirm that the bout between Jackson and Henderson will be the first ever title unification bout since Zuffa purchased Pride recently.
Dan Henderson is also in a peculiar position because he was both the Pride 205 and 185lb champions before the organization was bought out and with White’s comments about the title fight with Rampage in September, questions have been raised if Henderson would also fight at middleweight in the UFC, but the president confirmed that the Team Quest member would be staying put at light heavyweight per his request.
“I thought when Dan Henderson came to the UFC that he’d want to fight at middleweight. He said he feels much more comfortable at light heavyweight and that’s where he wants to stay. As of right now he’s a light heavyweight,” said UFC president Dana White at the UFC 73 post fight press conference.
So with Henderson solidified at light heavyweight and the bout with Rampage all set to be a title unification bout, the UFC has now added a top ten fighter to their stable of 205-pounders and will have the first ever true world champion in MMA.