Dan Henderson may be getting long in the tooth, but the mixed martial arts (MMA) legend plans to show he still has bite in the main event of UFC Fight Night 68 tonight (June 6, 2015) inside Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Appearing via video link on FOX Sports 1's "UFC Tonight" with Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian, the 44-year-old "Hendo" reassured fans he's not ready to hang 'em up just yet.
"I'll take it fight by fight, but I think I have three fights left on my deal I believe and I plan on finishing that. Who knows? Beyond that we'll see but I'm going to see how I do and how I feel. I really didn't get a chance in my last fight to really see how I feel at Middleweight, so I'm looking forward to that as well."
Cormier said he can't "sugarcoat" the fact Henderson has been on a rough streak of late. Indeed, the UFC 17 veteran has earned just one victory in his last six fights dating back to 2013. And that may explain why he's the slight underdog (+165) heading into this contest with Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch.
"I don't think he's got anything I haven't seen before. He throws a nice hard right hand, a good left hook and a lot push kicks so he'll go out and try and take me down as well. So I've just got to be careful but I just still feel good, I'm motivated for this fight and I have a feeling it's going to be a pretty exciting fight."
"Hendo" knows something about exciting fights. His 2011 war with Mauricio "Shogun" Rua wasn't just "Fight of the Night," it was "Fight of the Year" for many MMA websites and publications.
Although the youngest guy on the card is 22, half the age of Henderson, the former Pride FC and Strikeforce Middleweight champion is set to prove he can still draw from the fountain of youth.
And who knows, perhaps his performance will inspire other old guys to feel young again?