Dan Henderson told Combate.com how his body is feeling now that he can't use TRT and has an upcoming fight with Daniel Cormier on Saturday at UFC 173. The treatment was banned by NSAC and the UFC on February but the decision was made too close to his fight against Mauricio Rua, so UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2, on March 23, was the last time that Hendo was allowed to use synthetic testosterone.
I feel fine without the TRT, maybe a little more tired. It's hard to say this when you are in the middle of a camp because, with or without the TRT, you are going to tire yourself. I can't say if makes a difference or not. I also wasn't taking so much of it, I was using only the normal level.
Hendo remembered his time at Pride and the title shot promise to justify having accepted fighting Cormier on short notice.
When I was in Pride, I've had a lot of offers to fight on two weeks or ten days notice and I had to take them. One of the principal reasons of why I accepted this fight is because Dana White told me that I would fight for the title (if I won). My main goal is to fight for the belt and knowing that I can achieve this keeps me motivated. DC is a huge challenge and this also motivates me.
Daniel Cormier vs. Dan Henderson will be the co-main event of UFC 173 on this Saturday. As Hendo said, the winner will fight the winner of Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC Light Heavyweight title.
The following is Bloody Elbow's Dallas Winston, Kid Nate and Connor Ruebusch analyzing Dan Henderson's UFC 173 co-main event clash with Daniel Cormier from this week's Vivisection: