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Belfort-Henderson III: Vengeance

Belfort vs. Henderson

Dan Henderson took the first. Seven years later, Vitor Belfort got the next one. On Saturday it will be the rubber match between the two future Hall of Famers. Both just a shell of themselves when they first stepped in the octagon across from one another, but both still looking to prove their dominance.

Even though he holds a victory over Belfort while they were in their primes, Henderson cannot help but remember the swift kick to the head two years ago that ended his night in the first round and resulted in his third-straight loss.

And even though Belfort got that victory that led to his May title fight against Chris Weidman, he struggles to forget that night a decade ago when Henderson dominated him on his way to a unanimous decision victory and got him a shot at Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.

What makes these two so interesting are they are complete opposites, other than their age.

Henderson has relied on a massive over-hand right, dubbed the H-Bomb, and his impressive wrestling. Belfort has always been the most athletic and one of the best at Jiu-Jistu throughout his career.

Though “The Phenom” was stopped by Weidman in the first round after having his head bounced off the mat with his fists, Belfort came out striking with a barrage of punches that seemed to catch the champion off guard and forced him to quickly change his strategy.

After losing five of his previous six fights, Henderson walked into what some believed to be a retirement fight against the powerful Tim Boetsch, but caught Boetsch with the H-Bomb, sent him back towards the cage, pounded on him and after a barrage of punches to the side of “The Barbarian’s” head earned an impressive knockout in just 28 seconds.

Both guys likely understand they are in the twilight of their careers and will never get another shot at a title, but for the 38-year-old Belfort and the 45-year-old Henderson, they are looking to settle some scores and another notable victory of two, to add onto their legacies. This score happens to be against each other and one of the two will settle this score and pick up that win.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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