Earlier this summer Dan Henderson said he would retire after facing Michael Bisping for a second time, and now that the championship fight is in the works, the legend’s still saying it will be his last scrap.
When fans began campaigning for Bisping – Henderson II, the 45 year-old fighter said he’d hang up the gloves after the contest, regardless of the result. Some, however, have questioned whether that’s really the case. Would Henderson actually retire if he laid claim to the middleweight title?
Well, since then, UFC boss man Dana White has confirmed that the promotion is planning the rematch. Henderson recently appeared on the Talking Brawls Podcast, and the heavy handed fighter had this to say (quote via Severe MMA):
“That is my plan, win or lose I’m ready mentally to retire.”
“My body could still probably go another two, three years more. I’ve put it through enough. I’m ready to take it a little bit easier, but still be involved in MMA doing something a little bit different than fighting”
There you have it. Closing out one of the greatest careers in MMA history, with a championship win, would certainly be an amazing way to go out. Henderson also added that he’s heard the UFC is looking at booking the rematch in a stadium over in Manchester, England, Bisping’s hometown.
Henderson KO’d Bisping at UFC 100 in 2009, in what was one of the most violent, and most watched finishes in UFC history.