When a fighter reaches 40 years old, his days competing inside the Octagon seemed numbered. As far as Dan Henderson is concerned, that isn’t the case.
Henderson, who is currently waiting for a shot at either the UFC light heavyweight or middleweight title to open up, told ESPN.com that he wants to compete for two-or-three more years, despite turning 42 later this year.
“I’ve got three more fights on my deal, and I’ll probably sign one more deal after that,” Henderson said. “I definitely won’t be as old as Randy (Couture) when I retire!”
“Hendo” secured himself a future title shot by winning a thrilling decision over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua late in 2011. Since that fight, he has been rumored for several bouts, but has remained patient in regards to fighting for UFC gold. Henderson has an easy explanation for why he believes he has several years left in MMA.
“I’ve changed my training, I’m smarter with my training,” Henderson said. “I’m also smarter with my positioning and techniques. I know what works and what doesn’t. And I’m still learning from those at my gym.”