Dan Henderson may have taken out Hector Lombard in wince inducing fashion at UFC 199, but the legendary fighter still isn’t sure if he’ll fight again.
Leading up to UFC 199, Henderson admitted that Saturday’s bout could be the last of his storied career. Typically, the 45 year-old wonder has shrugged off retirement talk when a bout is approaching, but this time it was different. The bout with Lombard was the last on Henderson’s current UFC contract, and the heavy handed fighter admitted his decision to continue fighting would be impacted by upcoming negotiations.
Well, since Henderson KO’d Lombard in highlight reel fashion last night, clearly he’s headed to the bargaining table in a sweet position. But, while discussing his future at the post-fight press conference, “Hendo” said the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I feel good. I feel like I’m still capable of competing with the top guys. It’s more about the other things I want to do in life and spending time with the kids. I’ve managed to do that just fine along the way. But I’m getting close to being ready to being done and being OK with it. I’ve been OK with it for a while. If I look back at what I’ve done, I’m completely OK with it. I feel good about myself as well.”
“We’ll see. I’m not making any decisions now,” the decorated fighter added. “I’m just going to wait and see what happens and see what my options are.”
Now, obviously there’s a chance Henderson will elect to retire after consulting with his friends and family, regardless of what the UFC offers. After all, calling it quits after a victory like this, would be an amazing way to go out.
But, reading between the lines, you get the sense he’d like to fight maybe one or two more times no? Provided the UFC makes him a nice, sizeable offer?