Dan Henderson Discusses His UFC Fight Night 38 Victory Over Shogun Rua
Posted by Larry Csonka on 03.24.2014
“It felt good get in there and start mixing it up”. – Dan Henderson
- Dan Henderson recently spoke about his UFC Fight Night 38 victory over Shogun Rua. Here are the highlights…
On The Fight With Shogun: "It didn't feel good to have to recover like that, but I don't think I was hurt real bad in the first. He definitely rung my bell a little bit; in the second round he hurt me a little more. I decided just to regroup and pull guard and hold on and recover. I knew going into the third round I needed to get my butt moving and go after him a little bit more and be aggressive."
On Getting a MuchNeeded Victory: "It felt good get in there and start mixing it up," Henderson said. "I knew my back was against the wall and I could probably have lost the first two rounds, so I needed to make sure I won rounds three, four and five. I was going to be more aggressive, and luckily, I just caught him with a nice right hand and finished him up."
On Trying to Live up to The First Fight: "I know that ‘Shogun' is a tough guy and hits hard, as well," Henderson said. "I was worried this second fight wouldn't live up to everybody's expectations, but I think it came close to the talk about the first fight. I think the two of our styles, always moving forward, (make for a good fight). Thank you to ‘Shogun.'"
On Fighting at 43: "At 43 years old, I'm fortunate enough to go out there and have fun doing what I just did," Henderson said. "I had fun out there. He caught me with a couple nice punches, but I still enjoyed the whole fight and I'm happy that I came out on top. But my spirit is still there. Training is probably the toughest part of my age and knowing when to back off, because my body needs to recover a little better. That's been the adjustment, but I feel good, and mentally I'm still there. I feel like I'm still the same style I had, and I'm just fortunate enough and thank god that it worked out tonight."