Few fighters have found the success in their late 30s/early 40s UFC 139 headliner Dan Henderson has. With wins over the likes of Rich Franklin, Michael Bisping, Rousimar Palhares, Renato Sobral, Rafael Cavalcante, and Fedor Emelianenko all coming after his 38th birthday, Henderson is truly a rare breed who is as close to an active, first-ballot Hall of Fame fighter as there is in MMA.
Even more amazing, Henderson has no plans to hang his gloves up in the immediate future regardless of how he fares this weekend against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. The 41-year old recently spoke about his future in an interview with the UFC promoting Saturday night’s show, saying, “I feel like I have so much more that I’m going to accomplish. I know that I’m not done yet.”
In terms of his present, “Hendo” feels he’s fully scouted Rua and won’t be surprised by anything he encounters in the cage.
“It’s nothing I haven’t seen before,” said Henderson of Rua’s polished, aggressive Muay Thai attack. “I definitely feel like I can knock ‘Shogun’ out. It’s a matter of putting that power right where it counts.”
Check out the complete interview below:
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MMATraining Take: Watch out Randy Couture! Until Henderson’s jaw gives way he’s going to be a force at 205 and it’s wonderful to hear he hopes to keep entertaining fans for years to come.