UFC President Dana White said talk of a new contract with Dan Henderson will have to wait a couple of weeks.
Henderson was rushed to the hospital after his stunning KO loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 32 so he was unable to attend the post-fight press conference.
White didn’t sound confidant about Henderson’s future in the UFC.
“Dan Henderson was transported to the hospital,” White said. “He wants to do a new deal. I said ‘let’s talk in a couple of weeks.'”
Belfort was quick and aggressive in knocking out Henderson Saturday night. Belfort caught him with a big left hook and then put him away with a wicked leg kick as Henderson was scrambling to get back up. It was the first time in Henderson’s illustrious career that the he has been knocked out, a stunning sight for followers of the legend’s career in PRIDE, UFC and Strikeforce.
Henderson has lost his last three UFC fights. While his decision losses to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, were close and disputable, his brutal loss to Belfort was decisive and could signal his end to fighting in the UFC.
Henderson turned 43 this year, but has slowed down in his last three fights. Against Belfort, Henderson came out slow and overly cautious.
White has made no secrets of his desire to cut the UFC big roster. The UFC is ballooning with fighters after the acquisition of Strikeforce in 2011. In recent months, White cut Yushin Okami and Jon Fitch, both fighters who are younger and near their primes.
In 2012, Henderson was eight days away from a light heavyweight title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 151, but an injury forced Henderson out of the fight. It’s been downhill since. Henderson lost to Machida and Evans and now Belfort.