Hendo: I'll consider retirement, in two years


The UFC has 395 fighters under contract,  which is "nearly 400 fighters" as UFC announcer Mike Goldberg Goldie helpfully explained. The oldest fighter of them all is Dan Henderson, 43. An obvious question is when he might retire? However, ahead of his UFC Fight Night 32 rematch with Vitor Belfort, Hendo told MMAJunkie that it will be years.

"I've never, ever said I was going to stop fighting," said Henderson, who has never been knocked out. "Win or lose, I'm still going to fight."

"I feel great, and for me that's a big part of being able to perform well is how I feel. I feel great for this fight.

"I feel good and I know I'm able to compete with the top guys in the sport. I'm thinking it will be at least two years before I talk about retiring."

"[My goal is] try to be the best guy out there, which means getting a belt or having a title shot. Those are the goals and that's what I'm striving toward achieving."

Henderson expanded on the retirement remarks in an interview with MMAFighting.

"At least five fights," said Henderson. "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."

What do you think UG? Randy Couture won a UFC world title at age 43. Can Hendo do it too?


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RattleCaT site profile image  

11/7/13 11:19 PM by RattleCaT

My people

J2C1 site profile image  

11/7/13 11:14 PM by J2C1

I just like seeing exciting fights and Hendo and Vitor usually deliver just that. The longer both fight the better for me.

RattleCaT site profile image  

11/7/13 11:09 PM by RattleCaT

I love Hendo80% no homo

JROTT site profile image  

11/7/13 11:01 PM by JROTT

It's a fast slide down though.. If he gets knocked out in this fight he'll probably get knocked out again in the next fight

newtotheinterweb site profile image  

11/7/13 10:43 PM by newtotheinterweb

It's realistically only 3 or 4 more fights. His chin hasn't showed any signs of going yet so he could do it easily. Especially if its marque fights against other big name vets instead of up and comers.

TwentyNineTwentyEight site profile image  

11/7/13 9:02 PM by TwentyNineTwentyEight

I don't see it, but, wish him the absolute best. He's had a remarkable career.

Ironhouse site profile image  

11/7/13 8:36 PM by Ironhouse

Wrestlers from Hendo's era and before are a different breed of tough. WAR HENDO!

DoomFarmer site profile image  

11/7/13 8:26 PM by DoomFarmer

Exactly.It's a good thing

MentaL site profile image  

11/7/13 8:20 PM by MentaL

its amazing how TRT is progressing the careers of fighters. Whilst people say its bad but when it comes to fighter such as Hendo, Belfort and people alike, don't you wan't to see them compete longer? 

Ten eight round site profile image  

11/7/13 8:19 PM by Ten eight round

Manslaughter of Belfort will carry two years easily...