H-bombs, elbows from hell, multiple, simultaneous #PRIDE titles: Dan Henderson is an MMA super elite; he's an all-American action hero, modern-day gladiator, and one of the finest specimens to ever grace the cage and the ring. And to think he accomplished so much without ever winning a UFC belt.
A two-time Olympian, Henderson transitioned from the wrestling mats to MMA following the 1996 Atlanta games. He quickly went on to win a trio of tournaments, including UFC 17, where he was crowned the promotion's second middleweight champion. However, it was in Japan where Henderson made his biggest splash, winning both the 185 and 205-pound titles during his seven years in the PRIDE organization.
With notable victories over Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Vitor Belfort, and Rich Franklin, Henderson delivered one highlight-reel finish after the next, famously crushing UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping with one of the most memorable right hands in MMA history at UFC 100, and demolishing Hector Lombard with a never-before-seen high kick-back elbow combo, that was followed up with a forearm to the jaw, just for good measure. He was also involved in one of the greatest light heavyweight fights in UFC history, going the distance with Mauricio #ShogunRua at UFC 139.
Hanging up his gloves after a competitive encore against Bisping at #UFC204, Dan Henderson, who regularly contributes to Champions #FighterBlogs section, will go down in history as one of MMA's finest competitors. And while many aspiring mixed martial artists will attempt to replicate his greatness, no one will ever piece together a career quite like Hendo's.
Dan Henderson & The H-Bomb
Dan Henderson Fighter Blogs
- Bring Back Knees to a Downed Opponent
- Backstage Brawls and Other Pride Memories
- The Final Saturday
- Bisping Is Trying to Hang on to My Belt as Long as Possible
- Blackout Drunk or not, Jonny’s Going To Wish He’d Never Accepted this Match
- Conor McGregor’s Improvement Was Too Much for Eddie’s Panic
- Here’s Who I’m Picking and Why at UFC 205
- I Beat Michael Bisping at UFC 204, and I'm Pissed
Dan Henderson Reflects on His Career
A Dan Henderson Combat Comedy Cameo
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