Anderson Silva is the only opponent that interests Dan Henderson at MiddleweightPosted on August 25, 2011, 02:44 PM by Joey Santosus
While there is no deal to report at this time, Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson is open to returning to the octagon for a rematch with pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva.
That is, at least, the opinion of his manager Aaron Crecy, who tells MMAFighting.com that Silva is likely the only fight Henderson would be willing to take at 185-pounds.
"He's open to going back (to the UFC)," Crecy said. "And to face Anderson, that's probably the only fight he'd consider at 185. If they offered it, I'm sure he'd accept that, but that's my own opinion."
Talks of the match-up began picking up steam when UFC Co-Owner Lorenzo Fertitta recently revealed that the promotion would "love" to have the two Champions headline the UFC's November 12th debut on the FOX network.
"We don't have a main event set yet, we'll find out probably after this Saturday, these fights in Rio, then we'll set a main event. 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," Fertitta told Tatame.com
Their first meeting took place at UFC 82 in 2008, and though Henderson succumbed to a rear-naked choke late in the second-round, many felt that he'd proved to be one of Silva's toughest opponents to date. In the time since, the Team Quest fighter has went on a tear, winning six of his seven outings, including victories over Rich Franklin, Michael Bisping, and Fedor Emelianenko.
Crecy explained that negotiations between his client and the UFC are still in the "preliminary" stages at this time, but stated that, at this point in his career, Henderson is just looking for "big fights." If "The Spider" can successfully make his 9th title defense against Yushin Okami this weekend, Silva vs. Hendo II just may be as big as it gets.
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Photo: Dan Henderson celebrates his victory over Michael Bisping during UFC 100 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker