Later this summer, Dan Henderson will turn 45 years old.
But Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 68, Henderson looked to still be in his fighting prime, stunning and finishing ranked Tim Boetsch in the main event.
On a main card that was filled with finishes, none may have been as impressive as that of Henderson, as the former Pride and Strikeforce champion was coming off back-to-back losses to Daniel Cormier and Gegard Mousasi.
“I can’t feel bad about that one,” he said. “It’s nice to say I’m not done yet and prove that.”
In fact, Henderson (31-13) had not defeated a fighter other than Mauricio “Shogun” Rua since a 2011 finish vs. Fedor Emelianenko in Strikeforce.
After eating a handful of shots from Boetsch (18-9), Henderson connected with his famous right hand and the end was in sight. He followed up with another before a flurry on the ground forced John McCarthy to step in.
“I think I hurt my hand in the end, but I wasn’t going to let him off the hook,” Henderson said. “I wanted to make sure it was done.”
Henderson now has 24 wins in UFC, Strikeforce, Pride and WEC history, which is second most behind Wanderlei Silva.
“To see where the sport of MMA has gone from when I first started to now is unbelievable,” he said. “It’s great to be part of that.”
Boetsch suffered just the third knockout loss of his career, dropping to 2-5 in his last seven.