Legendary mixed martial artist Dan Henderson has one fight remaining on his contract with the UFC. The former Olympic wrestler, who is also a former Strikeforce champion and two-division PRIDE champion, however, is mulling retirement ahead of his upcoming contract negotiations.
Henderson, 45, spoke with MMAjunkie.com and revealed he is not sure how much he has left in the tank.
“I’m definitely capable of keeping on and still competing at a high level, but I’m almost ready to retire, and depending on how things play out after this fight with negotiations, yeah, it could be my last,” Henderson told MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn. “Or maybe I’ll still fight. I don’t know yet. I’m at that point where I’m about ready, but definitely, I know in my heart I’m still capable of doing it and if I do decide to keep going on I’ll make sure I do it well.”
Henderson’s final fight will come on June 4 at UFC 199 against Hector Lombard.
If Henderson is able to come away with his signature H-bomb victory, he could ultimately decide to continue in the sport. But when you look at his 3-6 record since re-joining the UFC — which includes three knockouts and a technical submission in his last four losses — it may be wise to move on.
We should get a better idea of what Henderson’s next step will be in a matter of weeks.
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