The rumored UFC on Fox headlining rematch between UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson was apparently exactly that -- a rumor. Promotion president Dana White hastily shut down the report Thursday afternoon in an interview with MMAFighting (transcription via MMAMania).
"It's not true. If [Silva] goes out and wins [against Okami] in 13 seconds, he's not considered for the FOX show. I'm working on (the main event for that show) right now. I can't (talk about it), you know me, I have to get the deal done and I have to know that both guys are going to accept the fight. Plus, saying that, even though I say that (Silva) won't fight on the FOX card, I'm watching what happens this weekend before I decide who's going to fight on FOX."
While White's half-denial jams the brakes on the rumored super-fight, it stands in stark contrast to a comment UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta made to Tatame.com on Wednesday. When asked about the rumored bout, Fertitta gushed, "I would love to do that. Anderson just needs to win."
Regardless of which comment should be taken at face value, it's clear that the assuaging of this murky situation is currently on hold until Saturday night's fights take place. Depending on the outcome, the UFC will likely have some rather large expectations to meet.