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Dan Henderson Talks Bouncing Back From Shields’ Loss, Future In MMA

Multiple-weight PRIDE FC champion Dan Henderson will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing April loss to former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields when he takes on former opponent Renato “Babalu” Sobral this December in his second fight under the Strikeforce banner. Henderson spoke to Clinch Gear Radio about getting back on his feet after the unanimous decision loss to Shields and about how he feels as a 40-year old in the sport.

“I’m doing good, a little tired,” “Hendo” said of his current general condition. “Getting back in shape always sucks but I don’t feel too bad right now, two months before the fight.”

The loss to Shields may have bit Henderson a bit harder than his previous losses, as it was his first since departing from the UFC in December of 2009. He told Clinch Gear that he dealt with the loss by spending time with his family, getting his training partners ready for their respective fights and by taking general downtime.

“I just pretty much spent a lot of time with the family over the summer,” Henderson said. “The kids were out of school so I kind of did that a lot. A little bit of training here and there, getting guys ready for fights. Just kind of took it a little bit easy and try and wait and figure out when my next fight is. The biggest thing over the summer was trying to figure out when I was fighting next.”

With four decades on Earth under his belt, “Hendo” is one of the sport’s elder statesmen. Before losing to Sheilds he was on a three-fight win streak capped by a vicious highlight-reel knockout of Michael “The Count” Bisping dating back to UFC 100. When asked how much longer he thinks he can compete at the top level of the sport, Henderson was indefinite but expressed confidence in his ability to hang with the young up-and-comers.

“I don’t know. I feel good,” he said. “I feel like I can still handle these guys. It would be one things if I was old and slow, reaction times were way down and I sucked. But I feel like I’ve got quite a bit of experience and it’s definitely an experience sport.”

Henderson and “Babalu” will square off for the second time (Henderson defeated Sobral via split-decision in a RINGS tournament back in 2000) this December 4th at Strikeforce: St. Louis which is taking place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.