Heading into UFC Fight Night 68, Dan Henderson insisted he remains a force to be reckoned with, and after quickly putting away Tim Boetsch, it’s pretty hard to argue that point.
Since Henderson had lost five of his last six fights as his June 6th bout with Boetsch approached, more than a few people believed “Hendo’s” retirement was around the corner. But, thanks to a series of cracking right hands that stopped Boetsch in under 30 seconds, there are far fewer calls these days for the legend to hang-em-up.
Recently, Henderson appeared on “The MMA Hour” and while discussing how scoring the quick win felt, the 44 year-old relayed the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“It was very gratifying,” Henderson said. “(It was) kind of something to prove to myself as well as fans or anyone else who had doubt that I’m still able to compete with the top guys in the sport, you know? I know that Tim Boetsch wasn’t ranked as high as some other guys that I’ve fought, but he’s dangerous and I don’t think he’s been stopped like that before, so it’s nice to finish him like that.”
Henderson brings up a good point, after all, although Boetsch isn’t a top ten ranked 185’er any longer, he had never been stopped with strikes in the opening round. He’s also a guy who holds wins over notable middleweights like Yushin Okami, Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares.
According to the report, Henderson has two fights left on his contract, but the fighter hasn’t outright said he’ll quit fighting when the deal is done.
It remains to be seen when and who Henderson will fight next, but the former PRIDE champ has said he’d like to rematch Gegard Mousasi or face Vitor Belfort for a third time.