You won't convince Dan Henderson he didn't do enough to earn the nod and the Middleweight title after five rounds of action against division king Michael Bisping in the main event of last night's (Sat., Oct. 8, 2016) UFC 204 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Manchester, England.
See the video replay here and scorecard here.
After all, "Hendo" knocked "The Count" down on multiple occasions, leaving his face battered and bruised and with a throbbing headache. But, as "Hendo" clearly stated during his post-fight speech, they don't judge a fight on how a fighter looks afterward, as the Octagon-side officials gave the unanimous decision win to the hometown favorite.
It's something Henderson declared during the post-fight presser (see it) via Fox Sports, he'll have to live with.
"The first round, it was almost finished real close and I thought that was obviously a 10-8 round but you never know. I thought I won the first two rounds. He won the third and fourth and I wanted to make sure I went out and won the fifth. I thought I did that. I went out and took him down, landed some decent shots on him. Honestly, I didn't feel hurt once in the whole fight with the exception of one leg kick that hurt my thigh a little, but that was about the only thing I felt in the fight. It was unfortunate. Obviously, by looking at him, he felt some of the shots that I hit him with. I'm just real frustrated. I'd have to go home and watch it again to be a little more educated talking to you guys about it, but that's what I was thinking. That's what was going through my head during the fight. I didn't want to end up with a draw, I wanted to make sure I won the fight and wanted to win that fifth round."
A UFC title is the only belt that's missing on his already-full mantle at home, as he already has a Strikeforce strap as well as multiple PRIDE FC belts. That said, Dan says he was already content with what he had accomplished prior to the championship bout against Bisping, but won't deny how much he wanted his last title.
"I feel like before this fight I accomplished enough in the sport and was satisfied with that. But obviously there's one more thing I wanted to do and really worked my ass off during training camp and thought I was ready to get it done. I'm a little frustrated feeling like I did get it done and didn't get credit for it I guess. Like I said, it is what it is, there's no changing that now I don't think and I've just got to live with it Unfortunately, that was the last one. It will have to be an 'L' on my record but I left it all in there and I felt like I did everything I needed to do to win that fight. Unfortunately, everybody didn't see it that way."
Henderson will now ride off into the sunset with his head held high, as the bout against Bisping proved that at 46 years of age, "Hendo" can still hang with the best of them, a sentiment company president Dana White shares.
Henderson reiterated he hopes to remain in the sport of MMA in some capacity, but for the time being, he will be a "personal Uber driver" for his kids back home.
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