Dan Henderson says his retirement depends on contract negotiations with UFC

May 21, 2016 11:18 am by Russell Ess

MMA legend Dan Henderson is currently the oldest fighter on the UFC’s roster.

At 45-years-old, the former PRIDE and Strikeforce champion is set to fulfill his last fight on his current UFC contract when he faces Hector Lombard at UFC 199. “Hendo” says that he feels he still can compete with the best, but is unsure of his future fighting in the UFC.

“I’m definitely capable of keeping on and still competing at a high level, but I’m almost ready to retire, and depending on how things play out after this fight with negotiations, yeah, it could be my last,” Henderson told MMAjunkie Radio. “Or maybe I’ll still fight. I don’t know yet. I’m at that point where I’m about ready, but definitely, I know in my heart I’m still capable of doing it and if I do decide to keep going on I’ll make sure I do it well.”

Henderson was crushed when he found out his fight with Lyoto Machida was canceled after Machida was pulled from their UFC on FOX 19 bout days before the event after admitting to using a banned substance. However, “Hendo,” says that his fight with Lombard is one better suited for the fans.

“Instead of fighting a guy that runs all the time I got a guy that runs at you the whole time – at least for the first few minutes,” Henderson said. “It’s a totally different style, just a completely different fighter I’m training for. It is what it is I think it’s – the fight with Hector Lombard is definitely something the fans will enjoy more than watching Machida run around the whole time.”

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