Dan Henderson has repeatedly said his goal continues to be adding a UFC championship to his storied record, even though the 43 year-old legend is in the final stage of his career. After having a title shot versus light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones evaporate due to injury last September, however, “Hendo” has come up short versus Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.
As a result, there is a lot riding on Henderson’s UFC Fight Night 32 bout this Saturday with Vitor Belfort, if he hopes to remain within striking distance of a title shot. In addition, it’s also been pointed out recently that the November 9th fight is the last on Henderson’s current contract. While appearing on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, Henderson was understandably asked about what his future plans are, win or lose, after Saturday night (comments via MMA Fighting).
“Yeah, I’m not planning on retiring and I’m not planning on going anywhere,” said Henderson, who prior to facing Evans and Machida, handed “Shogun” Rua a decision loss in 2011. “Coming off of two losses in my last two fights, that doesn’t help for negotiating. So there’s a little more pressure on this fight, but I’m pretty sure this fight will be exciting regardless.”
Henderson was also asked if he believes the UFC will extend him another contract offer, if he loses to Belfort at UFC FN 32.
“I think they will, but it might not be as great as a deal as I have now.”
It’s also a big fight for Belfort; if Henderson takes him out or scores a one sided decision victory, “The Phenom’s” title shot aspirations at 185 will certainly be set back.
UFC FN 32 will be hosted by the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil. Stay tuned to MMA Convert.com for all your coverage.