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Silva vs. Henderson for UFC Fox Debut?

August 25th, 2011
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Rumors are circulating that the UFC is considering a main event of Anderson Silva vs. Dan Henderson for its November 12th debut on Fox.

“The Spider” Silva (30-4) must of course successfully defend his middleweight title first this weekend at UFC 134 against challenger Yushin Okami (26-5). Silva enters the bout as a heavy favorite against Okami, to whom he dropped a fight by way of DQ back in January of 2006.

Henderson is currently the Strikeforce middleweight champion and is coming off of a July 1st round TKO of Fedor Emelianenko at heavyweight. There is a history between the two as Silva beat Hendo by 2nd round rear naked choke submission at UFC 82 in 2008.

The possibility of this super fight does depend on Silva getting past Okami and Henderson agreeing to drop down to middleweight in a relatively short time following the Fedor matchup.

Additionally, it is being reported that if the UFC cannot come to terms with Henderson for the fight, Chael Sonnen (25-11-1) is also being considered as an opponent for the belt. Sonnen is scheduled to take part in a middleweight eliminator fight against Brian Stann at UFC 136 in October, but it is speculated that could be scratched in favor of a Silva matchup.

Sonnen has been out of action since losing to Silva by way of a 5th round triangle choke submission at UFC 117 in August of 2010. Prior to the final round, Sonnen had been dominating the champion and was ahead on the scorecards. Sonnen however failed a post-fight drug test due to elevated testosterone levels and has been out of action since that time.

8CN will continue to monitor the situation and bring forth updates beginning with this weekend’s Silva vs. Okami duel from Brazil.


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