Can Henderson Make Another Run At The Title?

Published on March 24th, 2014 3:03 pm EST

Things were setting up perfectly for a Dan Henderson retirement announcement on Sunday night.

After all, Henderson is 43 years old, had dropped three fights in a row and is being forced to abandon his TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy). A loss to Rua would have all but forced "Hendo" to hang up his gloves.

Mauricio Rua battered and bruised Henderson over the first two rounds of their rematch and looked set to cruise to victory. Henderson was looking slow, sluggish and sloppy, and it appeared to just be a matter of time before "Shogun" put him out of his misery.

At the beginning of the third round, however, we were reminded about Dan Henderson's right hand, aka the "H-Bomb". Henderson landed one of his "H-Bombs" flush on Rua's nose, and the fight was over. Henderson, triumphant, was going to continue his career, while Rua was left to wonder what had just happened.

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Sure, Henderson has lost three of his last four fights, but don't forget that he barely lost to both Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida. It's not like he was easily beaten in all three fights against sub-standard competition.

The big question, however, is how Henderson will respond to having to ditch his TRT. Prior to going on the therapy, Henderson said that he was constantly feeling tired and sick. Will he be able to continue his career without his TRT?

Knowing Henderson and his love of the sport, I'm sure that he'll try to continue, at least for one more fight.

It will be interesting to see who the UFC has in mind for Henderson's next fight. Glover Teixeira if he loses to Jon "Bones" Jones next month? Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, if he is healthy enough to fight? We'll see.


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