Henderson talks about his frustrating loss to Michael Bisping and how he has no plans to come out of retirement.
Dan Henderson is a physical specimen. Despite having over nineteen year’s worth of fight mileage on the clock, ‘Hendo’ came this close to beating Michael Bisping for the middleweight title last year at the ripe athletic age of 46.
Henderson, a multi-promotion MMA champion, dropped defending champ Bisping several times at the Manchester Arena at UFC 204 but lost a unanimous decision. Many fans feel he should have won, and Henderson is still a little disappointed with the judges’ decision.
Despite his frustration, the combat sports veteran told Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting that he has no plans to return to the Octagon.
“Obviously it’s a little frustrating and bums me out,” Henderson said about his decision loss to Bisping. “It leaves a bad taste in my mouth with how I went out. I felt that I should have won that fight and retired as champion. I don’t dwell on things like that. I don’t wake up in the morning thinking that I got f*cked. But it’s a little frustrating. I don’t think a day goes by where somebody doesn’t bring it up, unfortunately. It was what it was. I can move on, but I felt that I beat him up and he didn’t do anything to me, so why should he have won?”
“No, I don’t have any itch,” he said when asked about potentially making a comeback. “It was enough time, 20 years of doing it (MMA). If I had the itch, I’d go to the gym, spar with my guys, and I’ll be dead for the rest of the day. And that will get rid of the itch.”
Henderson previously fought Bisping at the blockbuster UFC 100 pay-per-view in 2009, finishing the Brit with a devastating right hand and follow up elbow in the second round. Hendo’s KO of Bisping is widely considered one of the greatest knockouts of all-time, with ‘The Count’ still being mocked in the form of internet gifs and online memes to this day.
Although Henderson is disappointed with the result at UFC 204, the 47-fight veteran walks away from the sport as one of the most accomplished fighters to ever compete and is a future UFC Hall of Famer.
Henderson holds wins over the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Vitor Belfort, and ‘Shogun’ Rua, and was one of the first fighters to win titles in two separate weight classes, winning the PRIDE welterweight and middleweight world titles.