Dan Henderson was a two-time Olympic wrestler, representing Team USA in the 1992 and ’96 games. The sport of wrestling appears to be near extinction after reports of the IOC deciding to eliminate it beginning in 2020.
So, was Henderson shocked to hear the news on Tuesday morning? Not really, as he explained during a conference call promoting UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche. “Hendo” will face Lyoto Machida in the co-main event next Saturday.
“Kind of sad. It happens to be a sport that’s been there the longest,” Henderson said. “I think I have been hearing that being threatened or a possibility for 20 years now. Hopefully, it doesn’t stay that way; it’s just unfortunate.”
Henderson did add that he believes the lack of interest in terms of television coverage has played a role in the decision, saying, “it’s not as exciting as MMA, but I enjoyed it. I’m sad to see it go.” He also stated that MMA entering the Olympic Games should not be affected by wrestling being a part or not going forward.