When you’re 44 years old and still competing at the highest level of combat sports, there’s going to be a lot of awe from the masses regarding that fact. Does Dan Henderson find the subject very interesting however? No. No he does not.
As you know, the legendary Henderson will battle middleweight contender Tim Boetsch tomorrow night, in what will be the former PRIDE champ’s 44th pro bout. As was the case with Henderson’s former teammate and buddy Randy Couture during the latter stages of his fighting career, every time he competes, of course, his age gets brought up.
Recently Henderson talked to UFC.com about Saturday’s bout, and when asked if he wished people would focus on something else, he stated:
“It seems that people want to focus on my age nowadays rather than focusing on the fight, but it’s whatever they want to talk about,” Henderson said. “I don’t find it exciting.”
It’s understandable, especially when questions regarding your age are often followed by “what if” inquiries, regarding retirement.
Henderson went on to say that he still finds fighting exciting and that he’s “ready to go five rounds.” And in terms of the actual fight? And his opponent? Here is some of what “Hendo” had to say:
“I’m hoping to go out there and finish him,” Henderson said. “But he’s a tough and durable guy. He’s going to make that difficult, but I’m going to do my best to finish him early.”
It should be an interesting night. Boetsch is looking to get back on track after he was choked out by Thales Leites in January. Prior to that “The Barbarian” stopped Brad Tavares in a memorable, come from behind win.
UFC FN 68 will be hosted by the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.