Although middleweight king Anderson Silva has yet to successfully defend his crown against Yushin Okami, it appears the UFC may already be planning “The Spider’s” next move.
Late Tuesday night, TATAME.com reported that if Silva retains his title on Saturday and manages to leave UFC 134 unscathed, the world’s premier MMA promotion would arrange for a rematch with Dan Henderson (Pictured) to headline their first show on FOX. However, if the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ didn’t agree to the mulligan, they would pull Chael Sonnen from his UFC 136 contest against Brian Stann to face Silva.
Former top contender Vitor Belfort would then slide in to fight Stann on October 8th.
At the time, it seemed as though TATAME was doing nothing more than thinking aloud for their secret sources. However, the popular Brazilian website caught up with UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta shortly after and asked him about the prospects of Silva vs. Hendo II.
“We don’t have a main event set yet [for UFC on FOX on November 12th], we’ll find out probably after this Saturday, these fights in Rio, then we’ll set a main event,” Fertitta shared. “But it’ll be something big. It’ll be a big fight.
“I would love to do [Silva vs. Henderson]. Anderson just needs a win.”
Longtime NFL analyst and leading candidate to land a seat at the UFC on FOX studio desk, Jay Glazer, posted on his Twitter Tuesday, “Still can’t believe my 2 sports that I love are both on FOX now. So stoked for Week 1 of NFL and 1st UFC on FOX in Nov!!! #dreamcometrue.”
To which Henderson quickly responded, “Stoked too, Jay. This could work out well for both of us. Lol.”
Henderson completed his Strikeforce contract by knocking out Fedor Emelianenko last month. Although they fought in a heavyweight affair, Hendo weighed in at only 207 pounds for the contest.
If this report holds true, it will mark the first time Silva will be requested to make such a quick turnaround since putting James Irvin to sleep on July 19th, 2008. He subsequently defended his throne three months later against Patrick Cote at UFC 90.
Silva submitted Henderson in the 2ndRound with a rear-naked choke at UFC 82 in March of 2008.
No word on what might happen if Okami serves up the ultimate upset special this Saturday in Brazil.