Sooner or later, Dan Henderson is going to have to call it quits on his legendary career, and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens following UFC on FOX 19.
Henderson is scheduled to fight Lyoto Machida at the April 16th event. Now sure, since Henderson is 45 year’s old, retirement speculation has preceded most of his recent bouts. But the circumstances surrounding this upcoming fight are pretty interesting.
Recently Henderson spoke to Luke Thomas on his Sirius XM program. During the interview, the future hall of famer revealed that the Machida bout is the last on his current UFC deal. Henderson was then asked if he’s thinking about talking to Bellator, once he’s a free agent, and the former PRIDE champ stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
I honestly haven’t thought about it. I know that without having any fights left my contract with the UFC is an option, but I’m getting to the point where I’m not going to have too many more fights. I would like to end up fighting my last fight in the UFC.
We’ll see how things go after this fight. How things go in the fight probably makes a big difference as well. I’m getting definitely close to the end of my career.
It is kind of hard to imagine Henderson moving over to Bellator at this juncture, but “Hendo” did leave the UFC for Strikeforce before. As the feared slugger alluded to, how things play out will depend on what happens at UFC on FOX 19. If Henderson gets taken out by Machida, you have to wonder if the promotion might call on the legend to hang up the gloves. If he scores a big win, however, then you know the UFC will bring Henderson back for another fight or two.