At the ripe old age of 40 it’s perfectly reasonable to assume that the thought of retiring has crossed the mind of Strikeforce’s Dan Henderson.
The former UFC and PRIDE star has proven to be one of the most durable athletes in the sport, beating younger stars like Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping in 2009.
His Strikeforce debut didn’t go according to plan though, losing out to Jake Shields back in April, and has lead to some rumors that perhaps Hendo would now consider hanging up his gloves.
At yesterday’s conference call to promote his December 4th fight with Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral, Henderson dismissed that theory outright.
“I feel like I am out there to win, and to make sure I win every fight,” he said. “Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way, but I don’t feel like it’s a do-or-die situation. I am not going to retire if it doesn’t go my way, but I feel very confident in my training for this fight. Hopefully it won’t be an issue.”
For next month’s fight Henderson will move back up to 205lbs, and that’s a weight he feels suited to.
“I have always felt comfortable at 205. I have never felt weak or out-powered. I can eat a good meal the night before the fight. It means it’s one less thing I need to worry about before the fight. I am hanging out at 203, 204. I don’t think the age is an issue, just trying to get smarter with my training and making sure I am really listening to my body and getting enough rest.”
As far as the fight goes, Henderson feels confident he’ll emerge with his second career victory over ‘Babalu’ who he previously defeated over a decade ago.
“I believe in myself and that I am a better fighter. I am going to be ready to go, and conditioning should be all there. There is no reason in my mind why I should lose. I feel like I am as good as a grappler as Babalu, and I feel like I am a lot more dangerous on my feet and I just feel confident everywhere.“