“That is my plan, win or lose I’m ready mentally to retire. My body could still probably go another two, three years more. I’ve put it through enough. I’m ready to take it a little bit easier, but still be involved in MMA doing something a little bit different than fighting.”
-Dan Henderson talks to SevereMMA.com about why his fight with Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Championship this fall is likely his last.
Penick’s Analysis: The only surprising thing about this is that he hasn’t retired yet. Prior to the win over Hector Lombard, Henderson had lost three of four fights. He got beat up badly in each of those losses. He’s taken so much damage in the back end of his career that there have to be concerns about his long-term health, even if he’s not ready to recognize that. He’s getting this title fight out of circumstance, and though a win lets him go out on a high it also shakes things up even further at middleweight.
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