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UFC 199: Dan Henderson Admits He’s “About Ready” to Retire, Upcoming Contract Talks Will Play Role in Decision

Kelsey Mowatt

Dan Henderson

Could UFC 199 be the last time the MMA world watches the legendary Dan Henderson throw down? It’s looking like it’s a possibility…

Now sure, since “Hendo” is 45 year’s-old, people have been speculating as to whether he might hang up the gloves for a while now. But, for the most part, Henderson has usually relayed before his next bout that he has no plans to retire.

Well, up next, Henderson is scheduled to fight Hector Lombard at UFC 199 on June 4th. What’s unique about this fight, is that it will be the last on Henderson’s current UFC deal. Recently the decorated fighter appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio, and Henderson had this to say about his future (quote via MMA Junkie.com):

“I’m definitely capable of keeping on and still competing at a high level, but I’m almost ready to retire, and depending on how things play out after this fight with negotiations, yeah, it could be my last,” Henderson said. “Or maybe I’ll still fight. I don’t know yet. I’m at that point where I’m about ready, but definitely, I know in my heart I’m still capable of doing it and if I do decide to keep going on I’ll make sure I do it well.”

So, since Henderson has gone 2-3 in his last 5 bouts, one would think that a loss to Lombard, particularly a stoppage defeat, could lead to his retirement. Henderson would be entering free agency having been stopped in consecutive bouts, and the UFC might call on him to hang them up. We’ve seen UFC President Dana White do that with other legends as well.

But, if Henderson scores a big win, then perhaps he’ll be back for a couple more fights? Or one more?

UFC 199 will be hosted by the Forum in Inglewood, California.

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