Dan Henderson, 44, was out to prove that he still had more left in his mixed martial arts (MMA) tank against Gegard Mousasi last night (Sat., Jan. 24, 2015) in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 14 from Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.
He came up bone dry.
It was clear that Henderson was looking to uncork his "H-Bomb," which he had cocked and ready to fire the moment the the Middleweight co-main event match started. Mousasi, aware of its devastating power, kept Henderson at bay with kicks and several well placed jabs.
Henderson appeared that he could wait no longer, perhaps because of an inadvertent eye poke -- or something -- that had Mousasi alerting the referee Leon Roberts that something might be wrong with "Hendo." Rather than wait for an official timeout, Henderson rushed Mousasi, faking a takedown and looking to land his big right hand as the Dutchman ducked to defend.
Mousasi clipped Henderson with a shot to the back of the head as Henderson came barreling in and he fell into the cage in a daze. Mousasi followed him to the ground and landed several strikes as Henderson flailed to get back to his feet. But, it wasn't enough, as the referee stopped Mousasi just 1:10 into the opening frame.
Henderson was visibly stunned and he did dispute the stoppage -- it might have been a tad premature. But, that early and fresh, it's safe to assume that Mousasi would have just continued to batter the former, and fading champion.
Even though Henderson claimed that he was not considering retirement win, lose or draw against Mousasi, he might want to reconsider after what just happened.
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