Although more than a few people believe Dan Henderson’s UFC on FOX 14 scrap with Gegard Mousasi was stopped too early, the legend did take some hard shots during the scrap. In addition, the defeat was “Hendo’s” fifth in his last six bouts, and some are wondering whether the 44 year-old star should call it quits on his storied career.
If you missed the bout, Henderson got dropped by a right hook from Mousasi not long into it, and then the latter landed a few more punches from the top position. The referee jumped in to rescue Henderson, who was conscious and was trying to move out from the tough spot.
Well, according to a report from MMA Fighting.com, Henderson told FOX Sport’s Ariel Helwani that he “absolutely” will fight again, and that further, “I want to fight right now.”
Then, while speaking to the media at the post-fight press conference, Henderson relayed (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I have no idea (if I’ll fight again),” Henderson said. “I’ve got to see the specialist in the morning as far as stitching it up. It probably looks worse than it is. The eyelid was sliced open, and it needs to be stitched up by an eye specialist. I’ve never had that kind of injury before. I rarely get caught in a fight, and I can imagine it will heal like any other stitches.”
Henderson also noted that he’ll “probably stay” at 185, since he felt “great.” Saturday’s bout marked the first time in several years that the now, seemingly former light-heavyweight, competed at middleweight.
It will be interesting to see how the UFC and the promotion’s president Dana White approach this one. In the past, some fighters like Chuck Liddell have been kind of coaxed by the UFC into retirement. That said, Liddell was coming off a series of violent, knockouts. Of Henderson’s last five defeats, he’s only lost via TKO or KO twice.
UFC on FOX 14 was hosted by the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm, Sweden.