Dan Henderson is set to headline his 11th UFC event. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
A middleweight matchup between Dan Henderson and Tim Boetsch has been elevated to the main event of UFC Fight Night in New Orleans on June 6.
Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced that the bout will replace the previously scheduled light heavyweight headliner which featured Daniel Cormier and Ryan Bader. That fight was dissolved when Cormier was chosen to replace Jon Jones in the championship main event of UFC 187 opposite Anthony Johnson.
UFC stated that the company “will explore options” for Bader on a future card.
A heavyweight tilt pitting Ben Rothwell against Matt Mitrione was named as the card’s new co-main event.
Henderson, 44, has won just once in his last six outings, though all five defeats have come against some of the best fighters in the 185- and 205-pound divisions. His most recent bout saw Henderson punched out by Gegard Mousasi in just 70 seconds, the earliest stoppage of the Team Quest co-founder’s career.
Boetsch, 34, will attempt to get back on track after being choked out by Thales Leites at UFC 183 in January. “The Barbarian” has alternated wins and losses in his last four bouts, besting C.B. Dollaway and Brad Tavares while falling to Leites and Luke Rockhold.