Dan Henderson has already stated that win, lose, or draw, his upcoming middleweight title fight against division champion Michael Bisping — which is pegged for UFC 204 on Oct. 8, 2016 in Manchester, England -- will be the final one of his illustrious mixed martial arts (MMA) career.
Which means should he win the 185-pound strap to add to his mantle of world titles — which includes championships in PRIDE FC and Strikeforce — he won’t stick around not even once to defend it. It’s a tidbit Henderson recently told The MMA Hour that UFC officials are very aware of.
"No. Why (would I stick around to fight again)? It’s pretty much the last goal that I had set for myself. A couple of years ago I lost a couple of times here and there and I wasn’t having the best of luck. I kind of figured I wouldn't have that opportunity again. I was still satisfied with what I’ve done with my career and satisfied with myself with not having the UFC belt. But it is the last one that I don’t have. I am sure that I’m going to miss the competition. But you have to understand that I’ve been competing my whole life and I’ve been on top more than once and kept fighting. It will be nice to have this opportunity to finish in that way."
That means the promotion will then have to find two suitable contenders to vie for the vacant title if Henderson proves victorious.
It's not like they'll be short on volunteers.
Plus, for all the other middleweights who are upset that Dan got the shot over them, he also stated that he never asked for the title fight, he was offered the chance based on "The Count’s" requests, as well as fans, so he took it.
Can’t say I blame him.
As for Bisping's prediction that "Hendo" will attempt to use performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) since he's going to retire anyway; all the living legend could do was laugh and say that comments like that only make his foe look "ignorant" since he has never taken anything illegal and has been tested countless times.