Tonight’s UFC Fight Night 32 bout with Vitor Belfort is a big fight for Dan Henderson, as the legendary fighter is looking to end a two fight losing streak and get back on track towards a title shot run. Since “Hendo” is 43 year’s old and is ending his current UFC contract, the fighter has fielded plenty of questions regarding retirement heading into the bout.
Earlier in the week the decorated wrestler relayed that he won’t be retiring, win or lose, after today, and then more recently he offered more details about his post-fight plans. While speaking to the media the former PRIDE champ stated (comments via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’m a year or two away from that,” Henderson said while discussing retirement. “At least five fights. We’ll see what happens, but my body is feeling good. As long as I can get that going, I’ll be fine. But I don’t see myself fighting for more than five or six fights.”
Of course, that would give Henderson enough time–in theory–to put together a title run, starting with a win over Belfort tonight. One of the reasons no one should be too surprised to hear Henderson say he has a couple of years left fighting, is because he’s never been knocked out, not event TKO’d, in almost 40 pro bouts. While discussing his legendary chin, which Belfort will target with his thumping left hand and feared kicks, Henderson noted:
“I’m sure I could (get knocked out),” Henderson reportedly said with a laugh. “I was knocked silly a few times. Maybe not out, but I’ve been knocked silly and that’s when you learn to keep your chin down a little better.”
It’s going to be fascinating to see how tonight’s main event goes down. UFC FN 32 will be hosted by Goiania, Brazil and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1. Stay tuned to MMA Convert.com for all your coverage.