Dan Henderson fans and others may have thought his fight with Vitor Belfort was stopped too early, but there are folks who believe the legend should think about hanging up the gloves following the defeat. Kenny Florian, apparently, is one of them.
Belfort caught the legend not long into their UFC FN 77 bout with a head kick, and then prompted the referee’s intervention with follow up shots. Henderson argued he was aware of everything that was going down, and was still in the fight, while others believe the bout was probably done regardless.
This aside, Henderson has been finished now in three of his last five fights, and the 45 year-old wonder has gone 2-6 since 2011. This is likely one of the reasons why Florian said this on the latest episode of “UFC Tonight” (quote via FOX Sports 1):
“I don’t think there’s any shame in losing to a guy like Vitor Belfort. Dan Henderson has to start thinking about retiring at this point. He’s taken a lot of damage in the last several fights. He’s been fighting tough guys. I’d like to see him transition and maybe take a job with the UFC.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what Henderson elects to do. He certainly hasn’t hinted that he’s thinking about retiring, but perhaps that might change, now that he’s had some time to review the bout, and consider his next move.
Henderson did take out Tim Boetsch in his bout prior to facing Belfort, but we have seen Dana White and the UFC ‘guide’ fighters into retirement. Particularly when they’ve incurred several stoppage losses later in their career.