Dan Henderson to Face Lyoto Machida at UFC 157 in February

Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2012

August 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Lyoto Machida during UFC on FOX at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
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Some late news before everyone leaves their computers to hangout with friends and family for Thanksgiving. 

Dan Henderson was slated to face Jon Jones at UFC 151 for the UFC light heavyweight title. Henderson went down with an injury and the event was subsequently cancelled when the UFC was unable to create a suitable replacement bout. 

Jones took all the heat for the cancellation at the time, but then news began to trickle down that Henderson suffered the injury a few weeks before the fight and didn't notify Zuffa. 

Henderson was offered another crack at the champ at UFC 152 but had to turn down the fight. The title shot went to Vitor Belfort, who lost by submission in the fourth round. 

When it was announced that Jones would be coaching the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Chael Sonnen, Henderson was quick to cry foul. After all, he never received his shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.

Well, it appears that the UFC is a two-strike organization, as Henderson will be facing Lyoto Machida in his return bout. 

Luca Gomes broke the news on Tatame earlier this week and Ariel Helwani confirmed the news late Wednesday evening on MMAFighting.com. It should be noted that no fight contracts have officially been signed, though it's expected that it will be made official sometime soon. 

UFC 157 is the promotion's return to Anaheim, California. This bout is not expected to be the main event.