When it is all said and done for UFC Fight Night 32's main event fighters Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson, there is little doubt that they will be UFC Hall of Fame inductees. Following last night's UFC Fight Night 32 event, it seems that these two fighters may be heading in different directions.
In the UFC Fight Night 32 main event, Vitor Belfort stopped Dan Henderson in just 1:17 seconds of the first round. Belfort caught Henderson, who was leaning in, with a big left to the jaw that took Henderson right off his feet. Belfort, who has always been an explosive fighter, swarmed on him. For a moment it looked like Henderson would survive as he made it back up to his feet. However, as soon as he reached his feet, Belfort landed a devastating left kick to the head that sent Henderson right back down.
Belfort swarmed again but the referee had seen enough and this fight was over. Belfort became the first man ever to stop Dan Henderson by strikes.
At age 43, Dan Henderson may have finally be feeling the affects of father time. Henderson is now 0-3 in his last three fights. While two of those three losses where razor thin split decisions, you have to wonder if Henderson needs to continue? A title shot will now be three to four fights away at least which, if he wins, could put him in his mid-forties. As fans we may hope he never stops fighting, but for a true legend like Dan Henderson, he has nothing more to prove.
While Dan Henderson may be moving towards the end of his career, Vitor Belfort seems to have had a career resurgence. In the last six years of his career, Belfort has went 10-2. In the six years before that, Belfort was 8-6. While many would point to the controversial TRT exemption as a potential reason for his improvement, the reality is that many of the commissions are approving it and that means it is a moot argument.
Following the fight, UFC president Dana White was not ready to put Belfort in the title picture just yet. "You never know what happens here," White said during the post-event press conference. "That Weidman-Silva fight happens, somebody gets hurt and they're sidelined for. You just never know what's going to happen. ... Anything could happen, but there's nothing but big fights for Vitor. Imagine if we do Anderson Silva vs Vitor Belfort again. You could do that in a soccer stadium here (Brazil)."
UFC Fight Night 32 took place at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil and aired live on Fox Sports 1.