Before modern MMA free agency became an item of discussion, Dan Henderson had practiced it years ago. After UFC 100, Henderson’s contract with the UFC has been completed, and after a brief period of negotiation with the UFC, chose to walk and eventually sign with Strikeforce.
While Henderson doesn’t exactly find himself in an identical position today, it’s still relatively unique. Ahead of his rematch with Lyoto Machida at UFC on FOX 19, Henderson is on the last fight of his current deal. The issue for Henderson is how much longer he really has left in fighting. By his own estimation, it’s limited and ideally, he’d like to finish out his career in the UFC..
Yet, he also has perspective about what it means to finish out contracts and test the free agency waters. In this interview from The Luke Thomas Show on SiriusXM, Henderson discusses the current spate of fighters pursuing ‘free agency’, what could be next for him after the Machida fight, how he’s game planning around the Brazilian’s strengths and more.
Full transcript and partial audio below:
Do you have any reaction to the latest Jon Jones news?
DH: I don’t know. I don’t even know what to say about Jon Jones anymore. You’d think one of these times he would learn from it and grow up a little bit and start to represent the sport a lot better and be a role model. That would be my hope, but it doesn’t seem to ever happen.
You last fought in November, but I saw you spent time on vacation. What was the plan after the loss to Vitor Belfort?
I pretty much schedule a little vacation after every fight. I stayed in for, I think, three or four days after the fight last time. Then I went to straight to Kuwait to represent and ….View full article
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