Henderson Looking to Return By End of 2014

Published on June 25th, 2014 8:27 pm EST

There were many who thought that Dan Henderson would be calling it quits after receiving an absolute thrashing from Daniel Cormier at UFC 173. After all, Henderson is almost 44 years old and has accomplished a tremendous amount over the course of 42 professional fights.

Henderson has gone 1-4 in his last five fights (win against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, losses against Cormier, Vitor Belfort, Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida), but all five of these fights have been at Light Heavyweight. Dan Henderson was clearly a tiny Light Heavyweight (he weighed in at just 199 pounds for his fight against Cormier), and Middleweight seems to be a much more suitable weight for him.

Dan Henderson has decided that instead of terminating his career, he will instead drop down to Middleweight. This is a smart decision, as Henderson will no longer be giving up a tremendous amount of weight every time that he steps into the Octagon. Dealing with a 25-30 pound weight disadvantage when going up against a top Light Heavyweight is nearly impossible, especially for somebody who is in their mid 40s.

While Henderson will almost certainly not contend for the Middleweight title, there are a number of intriguing fights for him in the division. How about a rematch of his infamous UFC 100 fight against Michael "The Count" Bisping? How about a rematch against Anderson "The Spider" Silva? Cung Le?

There are a number of possibilities for Henderson, who doesn't appear to be willing to hang up his gloves anytime soon.

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