There aren't very many fighters left like Dan Henderson. With the rise of younger fighters being an inevitable occurrence, it's remarkable that he's been in this profession for so long. Seventeen years in a sport where the name of the game is to assault your opponent until he or she is unable to continue or gives up is astounding to me, especially when competing in organizations like PRIDE, Strikeforce and UFC.
When it comes to the issue of TRT, I have limited knowledge on the matter. I want to believe he's one of the guys that wouldn't cheat the system to gain an advantage, or to level the playing field because of a perception that others do it too. I want to believe that he used the exemption well within the parameters of the rules set in place at all times. I can't say that I know that for sure, but I don't want to doubt it until there's substantial evidence to the contrary.
His success has largely relied on his right hand over the last few years, as plenty of people have stated, and he's had success with that strategy until this late slide. The Machida and Rashad fights weren't the most exciting since the strategy was so limited.
The Vitor knockout was the most disappointing as it seemed like the beginning of the end. And it still may be. But like when Shogun knocked out Te Huna, for a moment I'll be content knowing that Henderson is back in the win column. Regardless of whether it leads him to a win streak into a title shot where he rides off into the sunset or if it leads to one or more more loss(es). I don't hold my breath for him to retire with the title, but goddamnit I can dream.