Though word has not officially been received from Henderson’s camp, it seems that Palhares is inked and ready to go:
“It appears that Dan Hendersonâ€™s return to the middleweight division wasnâ€™t a one-time deal to challenge UFC champion Anderson Silva. MMAWeekly.com has confirmed with sources close to the camp of Brazilian Top Team fighter Rousimar Palhares that he has signed to fight Henderson in a 185-pound divisional bout at UFC 88 on Sept. 6 in Atlanta.”
Well they certainly aren’t giving Henderson any “breezer” fights to help him get back on his feet. Meeting Rousimar Palhares in the octagon is no easy task for any opponent, even Henderson. Though I imagine Hendo will have the odds in his favor on this one, I still hate that the UFC is keeping him at middleweight, but why reiterate:
“Henderson has stated several times in the past that he prefers to fight at light heavyweight, but the bout with Palhares will keep him in the middleweight division, at least for the time being.”
I really do believe that Henderson has always looked significantly better in his 205lb features. The man just seems a lot stronger and more durable at that weight. And while Hendo lasted little more than a round against Anderson Silva back in March, he did go an exhausting 25 minutes with Quinton Jackson last September, not exactly the easiest thing in the world to do. Needless to say winning this fight is more crucial for Henderson than for his up and coming opponent, Palhares, who recently submitted Ivan Salaverry at UFC 84. “Toquinho” Palhares definitely has world class grappling, but one would imagine that Dan Henderson isn’t particularly ready to suffer three consecutive losses for the first time in his career.