Feb 23, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Lyoto Machida (blue shorts) and Dan Henderson (white shorts) during their UFC heavyweight bout at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Henderson should not have to retire after Vitor Belfort fight

Strikeforce, Pride and UFC champion Dan Henderson will continue to fight, even after he faces Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32, Nov. 9.

In an interview with MMAJunkie.com, Henderson, who is 43 years old, said he is still going to fight no matter the outcome in his rematch against Belfort. He added that he feels great and it would be two years before he could talk about retiring.

Although fans and critics think of combat sports as a younger man’s game, there have been several fighters who have found success in their 40‘s. Randy Couture won the UFC Heavyweight championship at age 43. Boxer George Foreman won his second heavyweight championship at age 45. Benard Hopkins, who is 48, is still boxing and winning championships.

Henderson previously defeated Belfort back in 2006 at Pride 32. He comes into the match with back-to-back decision losses to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. His back is seemingly against the wall, which could give him extra motivation to come in and end the fight in impressive fashion.

 

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