Dan Henderson: I Don’t Know Or Care What Vitor Belfort Has Been Up To


After his November 2011 war against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson was slated to face off with Jon Jones for a chance at the last belt that has eluded his illustrious collection.

It wasn’t meant to be as a knee injury forced Henderson out of UFC 151, dashing his title hopes for the time being. At 43 years of age, “Hendo” didn’t back up his case too well upon his return to the Octagon.

Losing two straight lackluster decisions against Lyoto Machida and Rashad Evans, Henderson finds himself booked against familiar foe Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 32 from Brazil. Both Henderson and Belfort have been in the news repeatedly for their well-publicized use of testosterone replacement therapy. Henderson appeared on today’s edition of “The MMA Hour” to discuss his rematch with Belfort:

“It wasn’t what I expected at all, but you know, I knew the fans would love it and it was bound to be a pretty exciting fight with both of our styles matched up. There’s a little more pressure on this fight.”

Of course the inevitable discussion of Belfort’s turning back of the clock came up. Helwani asked Henderson if he was surprised to see “The Phenom” knocking out foes with spectacular headkicks during his TRT-fueled run:

“I guess a little bit. I think it all has to do with him not getting an exemption to be able to fight outside of Brazil. Based on him testing positive before they won’t give him an exemption inside the States. He tested positive the first time I fought him. I wasn’t overly concerned with it now or then. I don’t really know or care what he’s been up to. I’ve got no control over what he’s doing. Regardless, I feel like I’m the better fighter.”

Henderson was his usual calm self, confident in his explosive right hand that can quickly negate TRT or any other danger. However, he hasn’t been able to find a home for his H-bomb as of late, and he’s become a bit of a one-trick pony. He addressed the losing streak against Machida and Evans:

“It’s tough to fight someone who doesn’t want to engage. That was a little frustrating. Then the Rashad fight, it’s tough to get excited when someone’s trying to take you down the whole time. It wasn’t as unexciting as the Machida fight.”

“Hendo” didn’t receive a TRT exemption for his June bout against Rashad Evans in Winnipeg. He said he didn’t think it really made much of a difference, but he did lose. As a user of TRT himself, Henderson understandably doesn’t care about Belfort’s use.

He’s one of few to echo that sentiment. Can “Hendo” resurrect his career against the surging Belfort?

  • TRT or not, Dan doesnt really seem to care. He's always been one of my favorite fighters simply because of his laidback attitude. He'll fight anyone. Wasnt Dan the first to KO Wandi when he had a good chin? He wasn't at the slightest scared to throw down with Fedor and we know how that turned out lol. I think Dan just needs to use his wrestling more in combination with the big right power. Maybe some better GnP.

    • I agree Entity, Hendo normally comes across as quite fearless and can potentially knock out any MW or LHW in the UFC. The way I see it, this fight can turn out to be quite a raw deal for Vitor.
      Hendo has showcased his endurance and stamina in a number of fights in the past. Not only does he have incredible power in his hands, he also has one of the most durable chin in MMA.

  • I really wanted to say something but thought I would withdraw before I go on a TRT rampage.

    I've got to get my doses down.

  • He's a nice guy but if like he says it doesn't make much of a difference then stay off it. Of coarse the guys on it will say it doesn't do much but yet continue to use it while others in camp say it's like they went from human to cyborg. I think the results speak for themselves in the cage. Win or lose these guys fight harder and longer with it. There is a reason they were drawn into the marketing of the stuff.

  • Hendo is a legend and has given the fans some great fights but the older her gets the less he is inclined to use his wrestling…

    His stamina at 43 wont allow his to fight 3-5 rounds working for and executing takedowns and staying active on the mat. He's more and more reliant now on using his base to keep the fight standing.

    Being realistic Hendo is not the great striker he is sometimes sold as, he is a competant and extremely heavy handed striker… He spends a lot of time searching for the big shots and is happy to eat a few to throw it.

    In theory a stand up fighter like Belfort makes for potential firework display, barn burner classic like the shogun fight but I dont see Hendo at this stage in his career winning a decision with his one dimensional game plan and there's always a risk as age catches up that that aging chin fails… Especially against a relentless striker like Belfort.

    We could see Hendo suffer his first KO in this fight, if not I think we definately see him lose his third decision in a row.

  • Ivy

    I like both of these fighters, but am rooting for Hendo by H-Bomb.