UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson lost his long-overdue title-shot over the weekend when he fell on the scorecards to Lyoto Machida at UFC 157, leaving “The Dragon” as the division’s top contender. Henderson didn’t necessarily look bad in the bout, struggling with Machida’s speed and movement as many of the Brazilian’s past opponents have, but at the age of 42 its unlikely the fan-favorite has many more runs at the belt in him to work out the kinks.
Fortunately,Henderson isn’t looking to retire anytime soon and came out of his match-up in good enough condition to call for another fight in the next 4-5 months.
“Obviously I’m bummed out. I wasn’t planning on losing,” said Henderson at the post-event press conference, assuring his supporters, “I’m not by any means done. I still have goals I want to reach in this sport, and I want to fight as soon I can. I’m ready to go in June or July. I didn’t have the best last few months, but I feel a lot better now, and I want to be real active this next year.”
Henderson didn’t take to the Octagon a single in 2012 after deciding to wait for champ Jon Jones and then suffering an injury leading up to their tilt. Though the PRIDE icon never pointed to his extended break from action as a reason for his loss to Machida, he definitely doesn’t want to spend any unnecessary months on the shelf either.
“That much time off is never good. I don’t want that to happen again,” stated Henderson, joking, “I’m getting a little old.”
Machida’s win snapped a four-fight winning streak for Henderson and dropped his record to 29-9. It also marked his first stumble in the Octagon since falling to Anderson Silva nearly five years ago.
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