The UFC makes its return to Sao Paolo, Brazil for the first time in over a year—this time bringing one of the country’s most popular mixed martial artists.
No. 4-ranked middleweight Vitor Belfort is scheduled to take on fellow MMA legend No. 12 Dan Henderson on Nov. 7, in what will be a rubber match between the two men.
Henderson was victorious in their first meeting nearly 10 years ago, scoring unanimous decision victory at PRIDE 32. The two met again seven years later. This time, Belfort made sure the judges wouldn’t be involved, earning a first-round knockout within two minutes of the opening bell.
The Phenom was last seen challenging Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title in May. After a valiant barrage in the first round, Belfort soon tired and suffered a first-round TKO loss to the champion. It was Belfort’s first fight since both the UFC and the Nevada State Athletic Commission banned the controversial testosterone-replacement therapy.
Henderson last stepped into the cage in a five-round main event against Tim Boetsch. The 44-year-old fighter managed to land his famed “H-Bomb”—a devastating right hand—against his opponent, forcing the referee to step in and stop the fight 28 seconds into the bout. It was Henderson’s second win in his last seven bouts.
The UFC has yet to announce any other bouts for the card.