Everyone loves a trilogy fight. Right?

On Saturday, Aug. 1, it was revealed the UFC will be returning to Brazil to hold UFC Fight Night 78, which will be middleweight rubber match between  Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson.

Henderson (31-12) himself made the announcement on Twitter, which was later confirmed by UFC President Dana White during the UFC 190 post fight press conference.

The former Pride FC and Strikeforce champion got the best of Belfort in their initial meeting at Pride FC 32 in 2006 in the form of a unanimous decision. In his mot recent contest, Henderson walked away with a first round knockout over Tim Boetsch in June. This victory, snapped the former Olympian’s two fight losing streak. He will enter this contest with a  UFC record of 8-7 with 17 career stoppages, with 15 coming by way of knockout.

Belfort (24-11) would get revenge against Henderson with a violent first round headkick knockout in their second meeting at UFC Fight Night 32 in 2013, cementing himself as the number one contender at 185-pound. However, Belfort would go on to suffer a first round TKO loss to reigning champion Chris Weidman in their title fight at UFC 187 in May. This marked his first setback as a middleweight since his first round knockout loss to Anderson Silva in 2011.

UFC Fight Night 78 is currently set to take place on Nov. 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. No other fights have been announced yet.

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  • Camille Teaux

    You can hype their relevance as much as you want, but it will just be another shitty old man fight. They both have power, neither has reaction speed, so one of them will get knocked out in round one.