At 46 years of age, Dan Henderson knows it is the right time.
And while he would have liked nothing better than to leave MMA as UFC middleweight champion, the 25-minute battle he and Michael Bisping went through at UFC 204 will leave a lasting memory for all.
Henderson re-confirmed that Saturday was his last fight, ending a career that included titles in every promotion he competed in outside of the Octagon.
“I’m a little disappointed with the outcome. I felt like I did enough to win the fight. It should have been 10-8 in the first,” Henderson said. “I felt I won the first two rounds and I thought I won the fifth. It was one of the apprehensions I had coming to fight in his hometown. I knew I did that, so I’m happy with that.”
A career that started in 1997 and saw Henderson win 32 fights, including 16 via knockout, will be one that definitely leaves him in the hall of fame soon. He was a winner of UFC 17’s middleweight tournament, a Pride middleweight and welterweight champion, and a Strikeforce light heavyweight title holder.
“Thank you for the years and years of support,” Henderson said.