For 45-year-old Dan Henderson, UFC 199 was tough, but it sure was sweet, too. After nearly being stopped by heavy-handed Hector Lombard, the former Strikeforce and PRIDE champion found a way to hang on just long enough to put Lombard’s lights out completely. Not only was the win a come-from-behind victory, but Henderson becomes the first person to stop Lombard with strikes in the Cuban-Australian’s mixed martial arts career.
Henderson, however, will be the first to tell you the win didn’t come easy.
“It’s always nicer to not get hurt in that round. I know that I felt like I hurt him a little bit and came in. He popped me. Next thing you know I’m on the ground, but I was aware the whole time on the ground. Obviously, I said ‘s–t!’ So, I just knew I needed to recover and try to get back up,” Henderson told the media at the UFC 199 post-fight press conference.
“He kept on me. He didn’t hurt me to where I was not knowing what was going on, but he had me in trouble for a while,” Henderson confessed. “The second time I went down, I feel like I remember being on my hands still and he threw a knee on my head and knocked me down again. I just decided to hold onto him and recover and start in round two.”
That’s precisely what Henderson did before landing a head kick and back elbow that shut Lombard’s lights out at the 1:27 mark of the second round.
The question Henderson faces now is what’s next. Saturday’s fight was the last on his UFC contract. As he stated, he’s not even sure he wants to continue. The task ahead for Henderson is to figure out what he wants to do and see how that ….View full article
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