Dan Henderson "would consider" return to middleweight - Five Ounces of Pain | RM SportsUFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson suffered a second straight Split Decision loss last night at the hands of Rashad Evans. As understandably frustrating as the defeat was, Henderson isn’t harboring any resentment about his recent run of close calls. In fact, compared to his defeat to Lyoto Machida last February, Henderson was downright pleased with the pairing other than the end result.
The 42-year old Henderson also made it clear he had no desire to hang his gloves up simply because he’d stumbled in the scrap.“He stood there and fought me. He didn’t run away,” said Henderson to Fuel TV after UFC 161. “It was a close fight. I thought I won (but) he kept the pressure on in the third round and never let me get a little breather. He did a great job fighting tonight.”
Prior to his current slide, Henderson hadn’t lost two consecutive contests in five years. The defeat dropped his overall record to 29-10.“Absolutely,” replied Henderson when asked if he planned to continue his career. “I’m just a little more pissed off now than before. More pissed at myself than anyone else. I’ve got no one else to blame.”
UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson has come up slightly short on the scorecards in two straight scraps, falling this past Saturday night to Rashad Evans by Split Decision similar to his stumble against Lyoto Machida earlier this year. Though “Hendo” was competitive in both clashes, the minor skid has resulted in questions about the 42-year old’s future in the Octagon.
One option on the table is a return to 185 pounds. Henderson addressed the possibility at the UFC 161 post-fight press conference, stating, “Yeah I’d consider it. I mean I don’t feel weak or overpowered at 205, but yeah I would consider it. I weighed in at 204 today and didn’t miss a meal.”
From the sound of it, Henderson will have a few months to decide on his next move before committing to another fight. However, he won’t be taking too much time off, expressing interest in action before 2014 rolls around.
The 29-10 Henderson won three fights at middleweight before signing with Strikeforce in 2010. Among the victories were wins over Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping.“I got a couple trips planned with my kids this summer so I’d like to at least have a summer this year and then get back in there before the end of the year,” said Henderson on his immediate agenda.