At 45 years old, Dan Henderon’s days as a fighter are numbered.
Exciting knockout victories against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Tim Boetsch cast a brief shadow over an otherwise unsuccessful streak for the former PRIDE light heavyweight and middleweight champion. He’s 2-5 in his last seven Octagon appearances, suffering three one-sided losses in bouts that ended before the final round came to a close.
According to “Hendo,” he’s got two more fights left on his contract. Five years shy of 50, one would assume his eyes would be firmly squared on retirement, but he’s not committing to anything just yet.
The veteran MMA fighter next faces Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo next month, the third match between two of the sport’s best. What happens after that night in Brazil is beyond him, but Henderson has a decent idea on who he’d like to face.
“Some fans have been expressing interest in me fighting Anderson Silva. I know he’s not the champ right now. That’s a fight that people always wanted to see happen again,” Henderson said to AXS TV (h/t MMA Mania).
“The fight with Jon Jones never happened. Who knows what he’s going to be doing? He’s a tough fighter. He was a guy I was ready to fight more than any other.”
Henderson faced Silva in a title unification bout at UFC 82 in 2008, dropping a second-round submission to one of the sport’s greatest fighters. He was scheduled to face Jones years later at UFC 151, but suffered a knee injury late in his training camp and was forced to pull out.