Dana White has announced today that Dan Henderson and Daniel Cormier will fight at UFC 173 as the co-main event for the card.
Speaking on ESPN's SportCenter, White said that the fight will happen next month, rather than at UFC 175 where it was initially rumoured to take place.
It's been a quick turnaround for Henderson, who just one month ago defeated Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2. That victory snapped a three fight losing streak and took his record to 30-11 throughout his career.
For Cormier, it's his first fight since February, when he defeated Patrick Cummins in his light heavyweight debut. The former heavyweight dropped down a division, mostly due to the fact that training partner and good friend, Cain Velasquez is the champion.
At 43 years of age, a loss could be the end of Henderson's career and the boost that Cormier needs to secure a title shot. Who he'd face is up in the air as after Jones-Teixeira this weekend at UFC 172, Alexander Gustafsson will get his second shot at the title.
However, with a win for Henderson could see him make one last Cinderella Man run at the title, currently held by a man 16 years his junior.
Cormier is so far undefeated in MMA, boasting a 14-0 record with 13 of those bouts in the heavyweight division. He didn't appear on the MMA scene until the age of 30 but he's a former Olympic Freestyle wrestler, finishing fourth at the 2004 Athens Games.
Henderson has a lot more 'fight years' on him, which could prove to be pivotal in stopping the wrestling style of Cormier. The famed 'H Bomb' right hand could end the fight before it really begins but the majority of Henderson's fights end via decision, something which favors both men.
21 of Henderson's 41 fights have gone the distance at a record of 14-7 in favour of winning, while Cormier has five decision victories from his 14 fights.
One of the more interesting stories coming into the fight though is what effect will the lack of TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) have on Henderson.
He had been using the controversial treatment method for a while, including his fight against Shogun but since it was banned last month, nobody knows what extent of a boost he was getting from it.
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