Since Dan Henderson is 43 years old, the legendary fighter is used to fielding questions about retirement, and heading into his UFC FN 32 bout with Vitor Belfort nothing’s changed. Although Henderson will complete his current UFC contract this weekend, the punishing slugger has relayed he has no intention of retiring, win or lose. Now the former PRIDE champ has offered more details, in terms of just how long he plans on fighting.
While speaking to MMA Junkie.com recently, as he prepares to fight Belfort in Goiania, Brazil on Saturday, “Hendo” disclosed the following:
“I feel great, and for me that’s a big part of being able to perform well is how I feel,” Henderson said. “I feel great for this fight.
“I feel good and I know I’m able to compete with the top guys in the sport. I’m thinking it will be at least two years before I talk about retiring.”
Fair enough. It would be one thing if Henderson was coming off brutal knockout losses, but his recent defeats were both via split decision, and they came against former champs in Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. Not only that, but “Hendo” has never been KO’d in a fight, and only two of his 10 defeats weren’t via decision. Both of those were by submission.
Of course, considering the stopping power of Mr. Belfort, it will be interesting to see if “The Phenom” can change all that this weekend. It will also be intriguing to see what Henderson decides to do if he beats Belfort, who is currently the promotion’s #2 middleweight. Henderson also relayed that he’d be willing to compete at 185 again, which might be a smart move if he’s victorious at UFC FN 32, considering he wants to make one more title run.
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