I have been punched in the face and head more times than the average Joe. I have also cracked a fairly long list of folks in the grill, face and head. If one spends a couple decades fighting off and on both in the ring or at the bar the points start to add up; experience points and damage points. Luckily, I have never been “seriously” injured. This means I have never had to be hospitalized and I have never been actually knocked out.
The same cannot be said for Dan Henderson.
Daniel Jeffery Henderson, (born August 24, 1970) is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympicwrestler, who competes as a middleweight and light heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the last Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and was the last Welterweight 183 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st) and Middleweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) champion of Pride Fighting Championships. He was the only mixed martial artist to concurrently hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion. Henderson is also the UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Winner, the 1997 Brazil Open Lightweight Tournament Champion, the RINGS King of Kings 1999 Tournament Winner, and the2005 PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Champion. As of September 29, 2014, Henderson is #8 in official UFC light heavyweight rankings.
…yeah. So, Dan Henderson is a walking talking facepunch legend. Nobody, literally nobody, can dispute this. The question everyone is now asking is more diffuse: Can Henderson continue to fight at an elite level and if not should he simply retire all together?
MMA and boxing are radically different, but if we look at boxing, just for comparative analysis we see that elite boxers rarely go beyond 45 professional fights with many of them stopping around the 35 mark. Henderson has a professional fighting record of 43. I cannot even begin to fathom what his amateur record was as a wrestler. To assume it was well beyond 200 is no stretch whatsoever. This is a lot of action for anyone, even a legend, and it is a path littered with injuries.
It probably began further back but it became apparent in every outing we have seen Henderson in since Belfort put his shin on Dan’s skull. His “win” against Rua was the personification of the saying “lucky punch” and a bout in which he absorbed a tremendous amount of damage. He was absolutely man-handle by Cormier. I remember watching the fight and shaking my head in disbelief; “This man was a two-time Olympian?”
Watch it above. Cormier dominates Henderson; wall-to-wall domination.
Why is THIS fight such a big deal? There are two reasons.
One, it is recent. This is Dan Henderson today.
Two, it shows, in a painfully clear manner, that the one thing Dan Henderson had in his corner is now gone, his total domination when the fight went to wrestling.
So,what’s left? The right hand? A powerful right but increasingly ineffective against the top tier. At that level being a one trick pony is a great way to become a tomato can, which sadly Henderson seems to be looking more and more like. Is this simply an age issue? Not at all. It is largely due to complacent and stagnant training and an unwillingness to learn new tricks so to speak. But perhaps that is the age related caveat itself.
Regardless of the why, it is clear that Henderson should retire. If nothing else simply for his humiliating performance in the Cormier bout. His Olympic legacy is paying the price.
Ali kept fighting and shamed a beautiful career, and record. Forman wasn’t so bad. He needs to look at his acomplishments and say it is okay and that he has done great things. to say it is enough. The drive that has made him a legend may ruin him. those pushing him to fight only care about the money and not him. there is no shame, weakness, or anything like that in knowing when to stop. Musashi stopped.
I am 35 now and have lost my pen pal to another. My own fault. I am to old to make it anywhere in directing. I am looking at where i am in life and my debt and bills. I know it is time to give up on ever going to Japan. I wont ever be able to afford to answer Aokigahara’s call. I will just have to find a place I won’t be stopped.
Faced with all of this I have started making some very horrible and self destructive decisions. Decisions that are… hooking up with a thrice divorced 26 year old satanist coated in satanic tattoos who has a gigantic gun loving boyfriend with cameras all over the house and a basement door with lock on the outside and marks where people have tried to get out bad. … fuck life… maybe i want choked out while some mohawked devil worshiping succubus drinks my blood… whats so wrong with that…
Maybe this fighter you’re talking about just needs some new goals
Potzo’s gotta have some fun before he checks out too…
Exactly. I think someone needs a trip to….TOKYO DISNEY LAND!_!_!_!_!_!_!_!_!__!
That could be fun. Certainly smarter and safer than my decisions as of late. Schizophrenia should be a word that sends a man running when a woman mentions having it. A person should never react to that declaration with “well at least that won’t be boring. ”
time for another long island iced tea
cause i am not fucking around with my drink choices lately
I can see that. I gave up the LIIT back in 09. The body count was racking up a bit too much. I will enjoy my Whiskey soda. Enjoy, sir.
a couple friends pooled their money and got me a 64 oz. flask
hurray for cargo pockets
who cares if it sticks out the top of the pocket
just be ready to say “Fuck you” if you catch anybody staring at it
i tested this theory
a friend said, when he saw me walk into a gas station with it, “you’re not even trying to hide it anymore” to which i responded in a level and sure tone “fuck you”
problem solved, he shut right the fuck up
Flasks are good. I had a great one but badly dented it plummeting down a companionway at sea several years back. Bummer.
yes, losing a flask is harsh.
i once had the neck of a flask snap off in my back pocket when i sat down
i knew the bar owner so he didnt get mad
he just told me to hurry and save the booz
it was a good flask
had it for years
was the first one i ever owned