The report states the two will square off on a UFC Fight Night card from Brazil on March 23.
Rua recently ended a two-fight skid by knocking James Te Huna out of his senses. Shogun not only looked like his old self with a devastating KO but also looked to be in much better shape than in his recent outings.
The same cannot be said of Henderson. The former Pride champion is on a three-fight losing streak, although two of those bouts were closely fought (even if they were less than action-packed) decisions. However, it's his most recent outing that has fans worried.
Henderson was knocked out for the first time in his career by Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32 in the first round. Although there's no shame in being knocked out by Belfort, it is concerning that a guy who has taken so many shots and has shown to be durable was knocked out so early in the fight.
Although both men clearly aren't what they once were, it's shocking to see two established names on a UFC Fight Night card from Brazil. It's also shocking since the rematch between these two has been in high demand since their initial meeting.
Both Rua and Henderson faced one another at UFC 139 in November 2011 in what can only be described as one of the greatest fights in MMA history. It won Fight of the Year on many websites, and fans immediately craved a rematch.
Henderson and Rua needed time to recover and eventually went their separate ways—that is, until March 23.