After a stunning victory at UFC 199 knocking out Hector Lombard, the former two-division world champion (Dan Henderson) discusses his retirement options but insists he can still knock anybody out.
The 45-year old veteran fighter, still fighting like he is at the peak of his career has now sparked rumours that after his fight at UFC 199 it may be his last one ever. A shaky start for ‘Hendo’ as he nearly failed to make it through the first round he came from behind to be the first person to stop Lombard, Dan ‘Hendo’ Henderson shows age is just a number.
After such an intense fight the former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion has a difficult decision to make, the American fighter currently holds an impressive record of 32-14 MMA and 9-8 UFC who ended Lombard’s previous 34-6-0 undefeated record with an impressive head-kick, back-elbow combination which ended the fight with a devastating knockout.
Henderson who is known mainly for his right hand shocked the crowd with the way he finished the fight, Lombard hurt him early within the first round which is surprising as ‘Hendo’ is known for his ability to absorb punishment but unscathed he rallied on to take the fight to Lombard.
Achieving his most recent run of form in the past three years makes his decision something to consider, even at his age he knows he can continue fighting as he is confident in his own ability that he just needs to land one punch for it to be curtains for his opponents.
After his fight on Saturday, ‘Hendo’ is now out of contract and looking for his next step. The veteran fighter is considering all of his options as he is now out of contract and may move onto an ambassador role.
Dan Henderson is torn between his enjoyments of fighting and loves for the sport, with the physical ability to continue competing at a high level, which he has shown he still can do with his performance against Lombard.
Henderson has said that the retirement decision did not depend on the outcome of the result with Lombard and will continue to evaluate his options.