With last week’s news that Daniel Cormier will now face Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC 187 leaving Ryan Bader without an opponent, the UFC has decided to pull him off the Fight Night card entirely. The new main event for UFC Fight Night 68 will be Dan Henderson against Tim Boetsch. The bout is expected to take place in the UFC’s middleweight division.
Henderson and Boetsch were originally the night’s co-main event but it has now been bumped up to a five-round battle. A heavyweight bout between Ben Rothwell and Matt Mitrione will now serve as the card’s new co-main event.
Henderson (30-13) is in the middle of the roughest patch of his career. He only has one win in his last six bouts and has been finished in his last three losses. He is currently on a two-fight skid with his last win coming against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in May of 2014. “Hendo” has been bounced back and forth between light heavyweight and middleweight throughout his career and maybe another change in divisions will get the former Pride and Strikeforce champion back in the win column.
Boetsch (18-8) made his UFC debut in 2008 and has competed in both the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. After a year’s absence from the UFC in 2009, Boetsch returned at UFC 117 and has since fought 12 times. In those 12 bouts he has compiled 7-5 record. Consistently has always been the issue for Boetsch while in the UFC. His longest win streak was four in a row but he is only 2-3 in his last five bouts with his most recent loss coming to Thales Leites at UFC 183.
Daniel Cormier (15-1) and Ryan Bader (19-4) were originally scheduled to battle it out in the night’s main event but with Jon Jones being suspended and stripped of his title, the UFC put Cormier in the fight against Johnson to crown a new 205-pound king. Bader had a small number of fans trying to get the UFC to put him in place of Jones but the UFC went with “DC” who is coming off a decision loss to Jones back at UFC 182. Bader is currently on a four fight win streak and has stated publicity that he would like to face the winner of the Cormier/Johnson bout. The UFC has not given any word as to when Bader will return to action.
UFC Fight Night in New Orleans will be held on June 6th and will air live on Fox Sports 1.