After a lot of back and forth between current PRIDE Middleweight Champion Dan Henderson (22-6-0) and Dana White, it seems as though Henderson has agreed to change divisions.
“Henderson has agreed to drop from light-heavyweight to middleweight and face champion Anderson Silva (20-4-0) on the UFC 82 pay-per-view show March 1 in Columbus, Ohio.” Alex Marvez from FoxSports.com reported.
Henderson had stated on multiple occasions he prefers fighting at Light Heavyweight because he didn’t particularly like cutting weight, but the opportunity to win a UFC title seems to have superseded that.
Marvez also reports the UFC will be returning to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 82 in March.
There’s no doubt Henderson is one of the top Middleweights in the world and is currently the most dangerous threat to Anderson Silva’s title reign, but this bout seems like a fight made out of desperation by UFC match makers.
Silva has blown through the UFC’s best twice in Rich Franklin, picked apart the up and coming Chris Leben and was able to avoid a loss to upset minded Travis Lutter.
There really was nobody else to put Silva against but Henderson.