Dan Henderson have been competing in MMA since 1997, for the entirety of his 19-career, he’s been with the who’s who of MMA and has some vicious victories and losses but during an interview with the 45-year old Henderson, he was honest but still non-committal on the thought of hanging ’em up.
“It’s a possibility I’ll be retiring soon, I don’t know – maybe after two or three more. Or maybe this is the last one. I have no idea.”
“It all depends on how I feel after this fight.”
Henderson is one of the few MMA legends still in active competition. Henderson was there at the infancy of MMA, a 2-time Olympian coming from an amateur wrestling background, MMA was the perfect transition for Henderson and he did so by competing in the UFC’s past tournament-type format and won.
After his stint in the UFC, Henderson fought in different organizations namely in the Japanese Promotion called Pride. At the time Pride was UFC’s stiffest competition if not the premiere organization and Henderson was the man, winning 2 titles in 2 different weightclasses, Henderson is one of three fighters to have that distinction in MMA along with BJ “The Prodigy” Penn and Randy “The Natural” Couture who coincidentally is Henderson’s good friend, team mate and fellow greco-roman wrestler.
After Pride folded, Henderson jumped in different organizations, doing well in the UFC although losing to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Anderson “The Spider” Silva but rebounded with emphatic wins as he competed in Strikeforce where he won the Lightheavyweight title and also giving Fedor Emelianenko (considered to be the greatest heavyweight of all time) his first legit KO loss.
Hendo got the opportunity to fight in the UFC for the 3rd time with varying results, he has lost 6 of his last 8 fights, retirement questions are not new to Henderson because of age but now losing via KO, the questions will not stop. Henderson though takes it in stride and with the advice of his friends, team mates and family he may decide what happens after his rematch versus former light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida. Rest assured, Henderson is a first-ballot hall of famer who gave his all inside the cage and no one can deny that.