Dan Henderson became a champion again at the age of 40, and backstage after the event he took time to talk to Sherdog about the fight and what it means to him.
What winning the title means to him:
“I was excited for the fight and the chance to face someone like Feijao, and I felt like the belt was just the cherry on top…and I love cherries! It looks good around there so hopefully I’ll keep it there for a few fights.”
How hurt was he after being knocked down in the first round?
“I felt like I wasn’t that hurt. He definitely knocked me down. I felt like I had my wits about me the whole time, but I don’t know, maybe I’ll watch the tape and say, ‘damn, he hit me a couple of times I didn’t even know about.’ I was definitely danged and knocked down, but luckily I recovered fast and he didn’t land any more shots.”
Is light-heavyweight the best weight-class for him?
“I don’t know. I felt like I’ve done some damage at 185lbs also. In the history of all my fights, the only three fights that I could say I fought poorly were all at 185lbs. My body feels better [at 205lbs] and I never felt weak against him out there, and he’s a strong 205’er and a big 205’er. So, it’s mostly about positioning and I felt like a stayed in good position in that clinch most of the time and didn’t let him get those knees off.”
When is he going to get back in the cage?
“I definitely will be fighting before June or July, and will probably take the summer off and fight again at the end of the year. So, definitely two more fights this year.”