A light heavyweight match-up between former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida is expected for Super Bowl weekend. The bout will likely serve as the evening’s co-main event. Henderson announced the pairing on Spike TV’s MMA Uncensored Live.
Both fighters had originally earned title shots versus UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones but both have since lost said chance.
Henderson had been set to face Jones before suffering an MCL tear three weeks before their UFC 151 bout. Henderson delayed in notifying the UFC however, and the event ended up being canceled after Jones refused a replacement on a week’s notice.
Machida earned his shot with a devastating knockout of Ryan Bader at “UFC on Fox 4” in August. Machida would lose his shot in the maelstrom following Henderson’s injury after declining to step in on short notice to fight Jones in the wake of Henderson’s injury prior to UFC 151.
UFC 156 will take place February 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will be headlined by a UFC featherweight championship tilt between the champ, Jose Aldo, and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.