Although Dan Henderson’s recent losses have been via split decision, and came versus former champs in Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida, clearly the 43 year-old legend is in need of a win at UFC FN 32. If Henderson hopes to add a UFC title to his record, and he’s made it clear he does, a loss to Vitor Belfort Saturday would be a massive setback.
While “Hendo” is looking to end a two fight losing skid, another reason the scrap’s a big one is because it’s the last on the rugged vet’s contract. So, is Henderson thinking about retiring if he loses this weekend? Or testing the free agent waters once again? While appearing on the latest “MMA Hour” Monday, here’s what Henderson had to say about his post-fight plans (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“Yeah, I’m not planning on retiring and I’m not planning on going anywhere,” Henderson said. “Coming off of two losses in my last two fights, that doesn’t help for negotiating. So there’s a little more pressure on this fight, but I’m pretty sure this fight will be exciting regardless.”
“I think they will,” Henderson added, when asked if he anticipates a contract offer from the UFC, if Belfort defeats him, “but it might not be as great as a deal as I have now.”
Of course, Saturday’s scrap is also a big one for Belfort, as a defeat, particularly a one sided one, could dash “The Phenom’s” hopes of fighting for the middleweight belt next.