Now that Dan Henderson has silenced the retirement talk with a series of booming right hands earlier this month, the legend has dropped a couple of names, in terms of his next opponent.
Henderson is coming off a quick, stoppage win over Tim Boetsch on June 6th, which put an end to the 44 year-old’s two fight losing streak. Henderson had never said he planned to retired heading into UFC Fight Night 68, but now that he’s recorded his 31st pro win, obviously it’s full steam ahead.
The win moved Henderson into the #13 spot in the UFC’s 185 rankings, and while appearing on “The MMA Hour”, the fighter had this to say about his next opponent (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“The two guys I’d like to fight, I guess, would be Vitor (Belfort) and (Gegard) Mousasi. Mousasi, if not for any other reason other than I felt that I didn’t get to fight him. And Vitor, yeah, it would be nice to fight him in the states without his doctor as the head of the athletic commission.”
Henderson is referring to the fact that he was quickly stopped by Mousasi in January, which he has repeatedly said he believes was called too quick. The last comment, of course, was a shot at Belfort and his well documented TRT use. Belfort KO’d Henderson in November, 2013, after he was decisioned by the latter in 2006.
Henderson was also a TRT user. The former PRIDE champ added, however, that Belfort “looked quite a bit different” in his recent bout with Weidman, and that:
“I’m not exactly sure what’s making his body change like that, but it isn’t the same thing I was doing.”
It’s going to be interested to see who the UFC books to fight Henderson next. A rubber match with Belfort could move some tickets.