When Dan Henderson arrived at the UFC on Fox 14 post-fight press conference at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm on Saturday, his left eye was patched over with white gauze. The 44-year old former Pride and Strikeforce champion lost by technical knockout to Gegard Mousasi in the fight card’s co-main event and suffered an eye injury in the loss.
During the fight, Mousasi pointed at a laceration that had opened up on Henderson’s eyelid, but the referee didn’t intervene. Judging by Mousasi’s reaction, Henderson felt the fight would be stopped if a doctor checked the cut, so he went on the attack. He ended up getting clipped and finished with punches seconds later.
“I have to stay an extra day here (in Stockholm) and get it stitched up. My eyelid was sliced open,” said Henderson about the injury.
“I knew that something was wrong when I couldn’t see out of it. It didn’t feel like a hard punch, but I just couldn’t see. It was just real blurry out of the one eye. And then Gegard started pointing at it. I just felt like if they looked at it that it would have been stopped… It’s just unfortunate the way that it happened. It just sucks,” he added.
He’ll see an eye specialist to close the cut and believes that it should heal like any other cut that he’s had during his 18-year fighting career.
“I have to see the specialist in the morning as far as stitching it up. They just covered it up before I came in here. It probably looks worse than it is,” he said. “The eyelid is sliced open, and it needs to be stitched up by an eye specialist. I’ve never had that kind of injury before. I rarely get cut. I imagine that it will heal like any other stitches and I’ll be ready to go. I feel completely fine other than that.”