Hendo: I’ll consider retirement, in two years

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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?