A rematch between Rich Franklin and Dan Henderson will be the main event of UFC 103 on September 19, making it the second time this year that Franklin and Henderson will meet inside the Octagon, and a widely rumored bout between Mirko Cro Cop and Junior dos Santos will also be part of the show.
UFC.com reported Monday that the deal is done for Franklin-Henderson to headline the pay-per-view card. Franklin, who told FanHouse that he expected to sign a new deal with the UFC this week, was widely speculated to be a part of the main event.
But it's a surprise that Henderson will be his opponent: Many fans assumed that after Henderson's impressive knockout of Michael Bisping at UFC 100, he would get the next shot at middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Instead, he'll have to beat Franklin again before he gets a title shot. Henderson won a split decision when he fought Franklin at UFC 93 in January.
The Cro Cop-dos Santos battle is an intriguing heavyweight clash between one of the legends of the sport and one of the UFC's most promising up-and-comers. It will mark just the second time Cro Cop has fought on American soil.
Other bouts on the UFC 103 card include Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann, Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg, Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca, Sean Sherk vs. Gleison Tibau, Rafael dos Anjos vs. Matt Wiman and Drew McFedries vs. Tomasz Drwal.