It might seem strange to some that Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson could headline a UFC fight card in 2013. Furthermore, and perhaps even stranger, is that both fighters are still competing at the forefront of the sport and their light heavyweight tilt would serve to impact a divisional title picture.
"The Phenom" has sparked title talk with his red-hot return to 185 pounds after he starched top-ranked contenders Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold in back-to-back showings. That success vaulted the 36-year-old to the front of the pack in the middleweight title hunt and put the former light heavyweight champion back in the pound-for-pound conversation.
The experience has been on the opposite end of the spectrum for Henderson. While the former Olympian was slated for a shot at the 205-pound strap in June 2012, an unfortunate turn of events has the former Pride two-divisional champion on the verge of being pushed off the title radar for the foreseeable future.
A knee injury forced him out of the bout with Jon Jones on the ill-fated card at UFC 151, and back-to-back split-decision losses in his next two showings had the 43-year-old in the most compromised position he's seen in more than a decade.