UFC and MMA legend Dan Henderson has no plans to retire no matter what happens when he steps inside the cage to fight Brazilian Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32.
Henderson, who is on a two-fight losing streak, will take on the resurging Belfort, who knocked out Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold in his last two fights.
Henderson told MMA Junkie: “I’ve never, ever said I was going to stop fighting. Win or lose, I’m still going to fight.”
Henderson turned 43 in August, but still possesses some of the heaviest hands in the sport. Henderson said he plans to keep fighting because he’s in good health.
“I feel great, and for me that’s a big part of being able to perform well is how I feel,” Henderson said. “I feel great for this fight. I feel good and I know I’m able to compete with the top guys in the sport. I’m thinking it will be at least two years before I talk about retiring.”
UFC Fight Night 32 will take place at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil.
Belfort will be looking for revenge against Henderson, after losing by unanimous decision to Hendo at Pride 32. Purists had written off both Henderson and Belfort, but both defied the odds and have enjoyed successful runs in recent years. After a surprise loss to Jake Shields in Strikeforce, Henderson knocked out Renato Sobral, Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, the great Fedor Emelianenko and then won a thrilling decision over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the UFC.
He lost two close, split decisions in his last two fights against Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans.
Belfort derailed Rockhold’s rise and Bisping’s title shot hopes with big leg kick knockouts. Prior to that Belfort came close to tapping out light heavyweight Jon Jones with an armbar, but eventually himself tapped out to Jones.
Both Belfort and Henderson badly want to get back into the title picture and a win would get them back in the conversation.