The booking was previously reported last month, but the fight only became official on Thursday. UFC 157 takes place Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and is headlined by Ronda Rousey’s first defense of her new UFC women’s bantamweight championship against former Strikeforce title contender Liz Carmouche. The event will also showcase a 135-pound rematch pitting former WEC featherweight king Urijah Faber against 10-year veteran Ivan Menjivar.
At 42, Henderson has done just about everything in the sport of mixed martial arts, save for winning a UFC world title. The former two-division Pride Fighting Championships belt holder rejoined the UFC last year after fighting four times under the Strikeforce banner, winning that promotion’s light heavyweight strap in March 2011.
Henderson’s Octagon return was a successful one, as “Hendo” took a unanimous decision from former champion Mauricio Rua at UFC 139. The veteran was then supposed to challenge reigning champ Jon Jones at UFC 151, but a knee injury ultimately derailed that plan.
Eight years younger than his foe, Machida enters the cage coming off a gorgeous knockout of Ryan Bader this past August at UFC on Fox 4. The victory followed a second-round submission defeat to Jones one year ago at UFC 140, as “The Dragon” was choked unconscious with a standing guillotine choke. Following Henderson’s withdrawal and the subsequent cancellation of UFC 151, Machida was then offered a short-notice rematch with “Bones” at UFC 152, which the Brazilian declined on the grounds that he needed a full training camp to prepare for his next meeting with the champion.view original article >>
Vitor Belfort's final fight inside the Octagon will be against former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt at UFC 212. read news >>
A pair of high-profile matchups can take the “targeted” and “reportedly” tags off for UFC 213.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Hours after the announcement, UFC President Dana White said nothing is official regarding a new women’s 125-pound weight class.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
With Anderson Silva recently threatening retirement, UFC president Dana White said that the former champ probably should just go ahead and do it. read news >>
By now, you’ve heard Al Iaquinta’s complaints about the UFC. According to one UFC official, the rage is completely misplaced.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>
John Gooden and Dan Hardy break down the co-main event between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 going down on Saturday in Dallas. read news >>
The lineup at UFC 212 in Brazil recently lost arguably its biggest name, but the lineup continues to build below what would’ve been Anderson Silva. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>
Following the April 6 removal of Kelvin Gastelum from his UFC 212 bout against Anderson Silva, UFC officials attempted to find a replacement to meet Silva on June 3. However an opponent was not read news >>
Watch the UFC 211: Miocic vs Dos Santos 2 official weigh-in on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. ET live from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. read news >>
According to UFC light heavyweight Ilir Latifi, UFC officials are busy finding him a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 112 event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>