MMA Junkie is reporting that sources close to both Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson have confirmed that a bout between the two top five middleweights is being discussed for the newly announced UFC 93 show on January 17 in Dublin, Ireland.
The original report from Yahoo!’s Eurosport claimed that Franklin could face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua or Chuck Liddell in the main event at the 02 Arena. MMA Junkie’s sources claim that a bout with Henderson is the more likely option to take place at the new venue, though it’s uncertain whether the fight will take place at 205 lbs. or 185 lbs.
Henderson just picked up his first victory since returning to the UFC after consecutive title shots against Quinton Jackson and Anderson Silva with a win over Brazilian Top Team product Rousimar Palhares at UFC 88. Henderson has also been rumored as the leading candidate to head the U.S. team on the next TUF but if he were to fight on this card it would seem that he would be unlikely to be a coach on the show.
Franklin most recently returned to 205 lbs. to face off against Matt Hamill and recorded his first victory at that weight class since defeating Ken Shamrock at the first Ultimate Fighter Finale in 2005.
UFC 93 is also rumored to include a long-awaited bout between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, coaches of the sixth season of TUF. The two were supposed to fight after the show on a pay-per-view last December but Serra pulled out due to a back injury and Hughes ended up fighting Georges St. Pierre instead.