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Henderson looking for a definitive win in his rematch with Belfort at UFN 32

Written on November 09, 2013 by Hector

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Dan Henderson promises to go for the finish in his rematch against Vitor Belfort this Saturday night at Goiania, Brazil

and had their first encounter in Pride FC 32 with Hendo bagging the W with a unanimous decision. Seven years later, the two MMA icons will meet again but this time, Henderson wants a definitive win over The Phenom.

According to Henderson, the only things that he remembers from their 2006 fight was that he was getting the better of his Brazilian counterpart for the entire 15 minutes of their light heavyweight bout. Although happy with his performance, Hendo mentions that he should have not leave the fight to the hands of the judges.

“It was a good fight. I just felt like I controlled and dominated the whole fight, but I didn’t finish him,”  says Henderson. “That’s one thing I want to try and do: not leave it up to the judges this fight.

Henderson and Belfort has gone on to fight under different promotions following their encounter in Pride. Both of them claims to be a better fighter now and Henderson admits that Belfort have shown some improvements in striking game especially in his consecutive head kick knockout wins over and .

“He’s improved a lot on his striking as well,” Henderson said of Belfort. “He moves his feet better than he used to. He moves his head and is more patient. And as we’ve seen in his last couple fights, he’s throwing some head kicks now.

Henderson, although born and raised in the US feels that the upcoming showdown with Belfort will serve as his homecoming fight. The 43 year old Greco-Roman Olympian has made his MMA debut in Brazil in 1997. Henderson stated that he is happy to be back in the country after 16 years.

“I was excited when they told me I was going to be fighting in Brazil again,” he said. “I had my first fights down here and haven’t been back since. Hopefully I have a couple Brazilian fans in the stands.

[Photos from thecagemexico.com]

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