Light heavyweight legend Dan Henderson has been as durable as they come in his career, fighting at least twice a year since making his professional debut in 1997. However, 2012 has been a different story for the fan-favorite, losing out on an opportunity to face UFC champion Jon Jones in early September after injuring his knee while training for the bout. As a result, “Hendo” won’t be seeing action inside the Octagon before the calendar rolls over, marking the first time in his storied run he’s gone more than twelve months without a match-up.

Fortunately, it looks like the 42-year old is on his way back to the cage sooner than later, as Henderson recently revealed he’s healthy enough to have resumed training.

“Knee felt pretty good today. No pain, but starting back slow,” wrote Henderson on Twitter, joking that it “felt good to get punched in the face again.”

No date has been targeted for Henderson’s return to the ring though he’s expected to lock horns with Lyoto Machida when he’s finally cleared for a clash. The 29-8 icon has come out with his hand raised in four straight fights with the most recent triumph involving a classic encounter with Mauricio Rua last November.