Dan Henderson pre-fight interview

It was over 16 years ago, a 2x US Olympian in Greco-Roman

wrestling made his professional MMA debut in South America’s

biggest country with back-to-back stoppage wins in a one night only

tournament.

Nearly two decades later, Dan Henderson is returning to fight in

Brazil for the first time at 43 years old and, easily, as one of

the most accomplished fighters the sport has ever known, but

it’s not “Hendo” who is looking to reminisce

because he’s itching to take on Vitor Belfort in the UFC

Fight Night main event.

“Some memories come back, but it’s not like

I’m over here to reflect on my career or finish my career

here,” tells Henderson. “I’m still planning on

being active and fighting for at least two more years. Obviously,

being the last fight on my contract there’s a little bit of

added pressure, but I love that. I love to come through under

pressure.”

The setting is not unfamiliar nor is the opponent as Belfort and

Henderson clashed at PRIDE 32. “Hendo” won a unanimous

decision the first time, and he estimates he’s evolved more

than Belfort has in the past 7 years.

“I’m just improved,” says Henderson.

“I’m more experienced and better at fighting.

He’s improved on certain things with his striking, but I

don’t think he’s improved as much in the rest of the

game with his wrestling, his ground game. I think a good mixture of

mixed martial of arts is going to win this fight.”