Dan Henderson sat down with reporters after his failed attempt at capturing the middleweight title from Michael Bisping at UFC 204 and expressed his thoughts on the fight.
“The first round, I almost finished him,” Henderson said. “I thought that was obviously a 10-8 round, but you never know. I thought I won the first two rounds, and he won the third and fourth, and I wanted to make sure I went out and won the fifth, and I felt like I did that.
I scored the first four rounds exactly as Henderson thought they went. The difference is I scored the fifth and final round for Bisping.
On how the loss would affect him as he enters retirement, he said, “I feel like you have to ask me that in a few days. But I felt like before this fight, I accomplished enough in the sport, and was satisfied with that. But obviously, there was one more thing I wanted to do, and really worked my ass off in training camp, and thought I was ready to get it done.”
“I’m a little frustrated, feeling I did get it done and didn’t get credit for it, I guess. But it is what it is now, and there’s no changing that, I don’t think. I’ve just got to live with it.”
My viewpoint: Dan Henderson has nothing to be ashamed of after his performance last Saturday night at UFC 204. I had the same scorecard as two of the judges scoring the fight, 48-47 in favor of Bisping. He came so close to ending the fight in the first round with a huge overhand right that almost knocked Bisping out cold. But it wasn’t to be as Bisping covered up well and was able to roll out of the way as Hendo tried landing the finishing blows.
Dan Henderson will try to land himself a job within the UFC now that his fighting career is over. His accomplishments include winning a UFC tournament at UFC 17, winning a Rings King of Kings tournament, holding titles in two different Pride FC weight classes, and holding the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title. He never held the UFC Middleweight title.
The future hall of famer has nothing left to prove. As a big fan of Dan Henderson, it was a pleasure watching him fight throughout his career, and I wish him well retirement.
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