It appears that Dan Henderson’s return to the middleweight division wasn’t a one-time deal to challenge UFC champion Anderson Silva. MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the camp of Brazilian Top Team fighter Rousimar Palhares that he has signed to fight Henderson in a 185-pound divisional bout at UFC 88 on Sept. 6 in Atlanta.
Wow. You have to like this matchup if you’re an MMA fan. “Toquinho” is one of the best BJJ fighters in the game right now and has great wrestling and takedowns on top of it. Henderson is one of the best wrestlers in all of MMA and has a rock for a right hand. Wrestling vs. BJJ has long been one of the sport’s most intriguing matchups and this falls right in line with that notion. For Palhares, it would be the biggest victory of his career. For Henderson, it’s about treading water in the UFC. Three losses and no victories inside the Octagon would not be good for Henderson but Palhares should be well aware of one thing. Ivan Salaverry, Dan Henderson is not. Great matchmaking, again, by Joe Silva and the UFC.
Update: FiveOuncesofPain.com contacted a high-ranking source within Team Quest Temecula who indicated that Henderson’s next fight has not yet been scheduled.