Having rejected a middleweight bout with Tim Kennedy, Vitor Belfort’s manager and wife Joana Prado told SporTV that Chael Sonnen is the preferred opponent for ‘The Phenom’ for a fight at light-heavyweight or even catch weight.
She also stated that former Strikeforce and Pride FC champion Dan Henderson is her husband’s preferred second option for his Octagon return.
Hendo is in Hawaii on vacation with family at present but his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach Ricardo Feliciano, who heard of Belfort’s plans during a chat with a Fighters Only Brasil correspondent, said Hendo vs Belfort would be a great fight.
“Vitor is at the top and Henderson is coming off two decision losses. A victory over him would build us up,” he said.
‘Pantcho’ revealed the former champion walks around at 205lbs and, despite believing the Brazilian fighter is heavier, he doesn’t see much difficult in doing a match-up at light heavyweight or catch weight.
“Hendo is already 205lbs, this is his normal weight. If this bout happens in November, it will be excellent if included in GSP’s card [Georges Saint Pierre vs Johny Hendricks for welterweight championship] in Las Vegas. I will pump him up. Vitor will regret ti have asked for this rematch!” he said.