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UFC Fight Night 32's Dan Henderson feels 'pressure' to defeat Vitor Belfort with contract up, won't retire with loss

Dan Henderson needs a win over Vitor Belfort this weekend (Nov. 9, 2013) at UFC Fight Night 32 if he wants to have the upper hand at the negotiation table with his current UFC deal coming to en end after his fight against "The Phenom."

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Three straight mixed martial arts (MMA) losses + 43 years on Earth = Bad contract negotiating position.

Dan Henderson has one fight remaining on current contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), a Light Heavyweight rematch against Vitor Belfort this weekend (Nov. 9, 2013) at UFC Fight Night 32 in Goinia, Brazil.

And on the heels of two straight losses to Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, another defeat for Henderson could be detrimental to his fight future inside the Octagon. While Henderson is confident he'll still be able to bag another deal with the top MMA promotion on the planet should he lose to "The Phenom," it probably won't pay him as much as his current deal.

That's more than enough incentive to pick up the all-important "W" in Brazil. Furthermore, the 43-year old fighter says he isn't planning on walking away from the sport anytime soon.

"Hendo" explained it all on a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour:"

"Yeah, I'm not planning on retiring and I'm not planning on going anywhere. Coming off of two losses in my last two fights, that doesn't help for negotiating. So there's a little more pressure on this fight, but I'm pretty sure this fight will be exciting regardless."

The fight also marks a match up between two of the most heavily criticized fighters for undergoing testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), a treatment neither fighter needed during their first encounter at Pride 32 in 2006.

That's "good," according to Belfort, but if you ask Henderson, he doesn't think TRT gives a fighter any added advantage over the competition once the cage door slams shut.

He explains:

"I don't take that much (TRT), and I didn't take it for the Canada fight my last fight, and I really didn't notice a change. It wouldn't matter that much to me whether I was on it or not, especially just for one fight. It's a matter of being healthier, just as a lifestyle for me, and what the doctors prescribe to be healthier as a person. So it's not anything that a few months is going to matter."

While Henderson's on slump, Belfort is riding high with two straight impressive knockout victories over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.

Those wins, however, have come in the Middleweight division.

Even though a win over Henderson at Light Heavyweight won't improve his position in the 185-pound division, a third straight victory inside the Octagon for Belfort can't do him any harm, either. And as unfair as it may be, a loss for "The Phenom" at the hands of Henderson could cause his much-desired title shot to slip further from reach.

How about it Maniacs, who takes this battle between these two all-time greats?