Significantly slimmer heavy favourite Daniel Cormier (red gloves) was victorious in his light heavyweight debut. Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

UFC targeting Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson at UFC 175

After UFC Tonight reported that Daniel Cormier was in talks to face Rafael ‘Feijao’ Cavalcante at UFC 175, it was met with some mixed feedback. However now the UFC seem to be targeting a different opponent, a man who has defeated Feijao in the past, former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson. The event is headlined by a middleweight title fight between Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman and goes down on July 5 at Mandalay Bay Events Centre in Las Vegas, NV.

Dan Henderson recently defeated former champion Shogun Rua at the UFC’s latest event in Brazil, but he had to come through some significant adversity. ‘Hendo’ was rocked in the first and second rounds and lost both in overwhelming fashion, but caught Shogun in the third round with his infamous H-Bomb. One big right hand was all it took for Henderson to get past Rua, and this win halted a three fight losing streak.

Cormier, meanwhile, is a perfect 14-0 as a professional including a 3-0 spell in the UFC after his transfer from Strikeforce after is dissolution. Cormier was equally impressive in Strikeforce, with a run of 8-0 which included a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix title and wins over Josh Barnett, Bigfoot Silva and Jeff Monson.

The 35 year old has since moved down to light heavyweight and made a successful debut at UFC 170, defeating short notice opponent Patrick Cummins after an injury suffered to Rashad Evans. Cormier will be hoping to go 2-0 at 205lbs, but faces significantly tougher competition this time around. With Henderson as experienced as they get in big fights, Cormier will have to be on top form to get the W.

Though still unconfirmed, sources close to the matter suggest that an official announcement will be made within the next day or two.

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Tags: Dan Henderson Daniel Cormier Rafael Cavalcante Shogun Rua UFC 175

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