Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson will likely meet for the second time in their careers, this time in Brazil.
According to a report from “UFC Tonight” on Tuesday evening, UFC President Dana White confirmed to the news show that Belfort and Henderson have verbally agreed to face each other at a yet-to-be announced card on Nov. 9.
Belfort (23-10) recently wrote on Twitter that he desires a fight with Chael Sonnen, following the American’s defeat of “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 26. After tonight’s news, however, Belfort will face a different American in Henderson. The match-up is the first accepted by Belfort after several offerings from UFC matchmakers, including a declined bout with Lyoto Machida.
Henderson (29-10) was last seen taking on Rashad Evans at UFC 161, a match wherein Evans edged the Team Quest mixed martial artist with a split-decision win. The fighter has for the most part remained out of the spotlight since his loss in June, but White, according to “UFC Tonight,” has communicated with the fighter and he’s agreed to compete in Brazil.
Belfort and Henderson have faced each other before. The two veterans first met at Pride 32 in 2006, a match that saw Henderson get the better of Belfort with a unanimous decision.
UFC officials are yet to announce the location for the Nov. 9 card, but GRACIEMAG.com will have further news as more information becomes available.