Posted by Dan Henderson
UFC Middleweight. Former Strikeforce and Pride Fighting Championship champion. 32-14 professional MMA record.
Dan Henderson

Fight Night is just a few days away now, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for a fight. I’ve put in the hard work, the sweat on the Versaclimber and have the peace of mind that only comes with the knowledge that come Saturday night, I’ll finally have that UFC belt.

Mike will get his chance to fight for the belt again, it’ll just be against whoever the UFC sets him up with. I know you all are wondering, ‘Dan, are you ever going to come back and fight again?’

No, I’m not. I did an interview with Champions a few weeks ago, and they asked if I would consider another fight for the “right amount.” Listen, money will make athletes (or anyone, for that matter) reconsider their career choices all the time. Does that mean I’m seeking a new contract or hanging out a neon sign with an exact dollar amount? No, that’s not what I’m doing at all.

How many zeros would it take? I haven’t really thought about it much, because my heart really is set on retiring. It would have to be multiple millions—an amount that would warrant me even considering the extra risks of getting back in the cage at 46+ years. I’m pretty adamant about this being my last one.

Here’s the long and short of it; I’m retiring Sunday morning after the fight—win or lose.

I’m just ready to be done, and I’m okay with this being my last fight. I’m looking forward to spending all my time with my family. I’ve got my dad duties and some other things planned. I think I have one hunt scheduled in Indiana for white-tail deer. Business as usual for me.

Everyone asks about bucket lists and to-do lists, but I honestly haven’t thought about those much, since I’ve been so focused on this camp. I imagine once I’m home, I’ll start looking at some things. I’ve jumped from a plane and driven a race car, so maybe I’ll finally go swim with sharks or climb Everest. Who knows.

Right now, the task in front of me is what matters. My camp went great, I feel good, and I’m looking forward to bringing my belt home. Obviously, I’d be happy with a knockout, but I’d be just as happy with a hard fought decision, as well. Just as long as it goes my way.

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