Daniel Cormier will return to action at UFC 175, but he’s not facing Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante as first rumored and instead will take on a living legend.
Cormier is expected to meet former Strikeforce and PRIDE champion Dan Henderson at the upcoming card taking place on July 5 in Las Vegas.
MMAFighting initially reported the bout on Monday and additional sources confirmed to FOX Sports that the bout is in the works, although no contracts have been issued at this time.
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Cormier will go into the fight with visions of a title shot dancing in his head, hoping to earn a top contender’s spot with a win over Henderson in July. The former two-time Olympian has been gunning for a top 10 opponent since making the decision to drop down to the light heavyweight division, and now his wish is granted.
Henderson will accept the fight just weeks after his miraculous comeback victory over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in one of the craziest finishes so far in 2014. Down two rounds to none on the scorecards after nearly being finished in the opening minutes of the fight, Henderson changed the narrative with one punch that absolutely crushed Rua’s nose, giving the 43-year old fighter another knockout victory.
Now Henderson will hope to pull off the same kind of magic a second time when he faces a very formidable opponent in Daniel Cormier on July 5.
While the UFC has yet to make any kind of formal announcement about the fight, if Cormier vs. Henderson becomes official, it would likely fill a co-main event slot under the headline bout between middleweight champion Chris Weidman and his opponent Lyoto Machida.