Although Tim Boetsch has every intention of going out tonight and taking out Dan Henderson in very violent fashion, you’re not going to hear “The Barbarian” say anything negative about his opponent. After all, when you’re fighting one of the most accomplished and popular fighters whose ever stepped into the Octagon, it’s kind of hard to talk smack (or at least it should be).
Leading up to the bout, Boetsch has repeatedly said he’s honored to fight Henderson, and he’ll do so at a pivotal time for the legend. Although Henderson hasn’t talked about retiring any time soon, he is 44 years old, and has gone 1-5 in his last 6 fights. If he loses to Boetsch, you have to wonder if Henderson might close the book on his storied career.
Well, Boetsch recently spoke to UFC.com, and while discussing the fact this could be Henderson’s last bout, he stated:
“I thought about that, and somebody has to do it, and if anybody had to do it, I wouldn’t mind because I’m fighting Dan Henderson with one hundred percent respect,” Boetsch said. “I respect everything he’s done throughout his career, I respect the inspiration that he’s been to me and many other fighters. He’s done everything a young fighter could ever hope to do and he’s a legend for a reason. So if I were to be the guy that retires Dan Henderson, what an honor that would be for me and I would send him out on a high note. I’m not saying that’s what’s gonna happen, but it would be nothing but respect from me towards Dan Henderson.”
It’s going to be an edge-of-your seat type of night. No question. It’s also a huge fight for Boetsch, as the 34 year-old has gone 2-3 in his last 5 bouts, and is coming off a technical submission loss to Thales Leites.
UFC FN 68 will be hosted by the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.