Going into his bout with Vitor Belfort this Saturday, Dan Henderson is riding a two-fight losing streak with back to back split decision losses against Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans. If Henderson loses on Saturday, it will be the first time ever in his career that he will have lost three fights in a row.
According to a statement tweeted by Josh Gross of ESPN, Hendo’s bout with Belfort is the last fight on his current UFC contract:
“Hendo said this is the last fight on his UFC contract. UFC wants to wait to see how he fares before talking terms of a new deal. Big stakes.”
Big stakes indeed. The forty-three year old former world champion might not have that many fights left in his career.
Henderson was originally set to face off against UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, but he withdrew from the bout due to an injury. Since then, he dropped two very close split decisions to Machida and Evans. So this upcoming bout with Belfort will be a very important fight for him.
This Saturday won’t be the first time Henderson and Belfort have fought each other. Henderson defeated Belfort about seven years ago via unanimous decision in the good old days of Pride.
Since then, Belfort has shown considerable improvement. “The Phenom” has compiled a record of 9-2 since his loss to Henderson, and those two losses were to Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.