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UFC: Vitor Belfort Finally Gets an Opponent!


Vitor Belfort has been frantically trying to find a top opponent ever since his May 18, 2013 knockout victory over Luke Rockhold, calling out everyone from Chris Weidman to Chael Sonnen. It appears that his calls have been answered. MMAFighting.com reports that the UFC is intent on booking him in an anticipated rematch over a fellow legend within the sport: Dan Henderson.

The two competitors first faced off on in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 21, 2006 under the Pride FC banner, and Henderson was able to walk away with a unanimous decision victory. Belfort’s post-fight blood work revealed elevated levels of testosterone, marking the beginning of his strained relationship with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Both Henderson and Belfort currently undergo testosterone replacement therapy, requiring them to apply for a therapeutic use exemption before being licensed to compete. Keith Kizer, the current Executive Director for the Nevada State Athletic Commission, has made it clear that Belfort would have a hard time receiving such an exemption within his jurisdiction due to his prior failed test. This has put the UFC in a difficult position, as the majority of their marquee events are held in Las Vegas.

Dana White has been adamant that the UFC is not sheltering Belfort in Brazil, but his appearance opposite Henderson is being planned for UFC Fight Night 32 in, you guessed it, Brazil. It will mark the 5th straight contest Belfort is competing in outside the United States, with four events in Brazil and one in Canada.

UFC Fight Night 32 is currently scheduled to take place on November 9, 2013, in an undecided location in Brazil. Belfort has previously pledged not to take any non-title fights at 185 lbs., and it is not yet clear what weight he will be competing at.