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Dan Henderson

Dan Henderson
Born Daniel Jeffery Henderson
(1970-08-24) August 24, 1970
Downey, California, U.S.
Other names Hendo, Hollywood, Dangerous
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach 74.0 in (188 cm)[1]
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Temecula, California
Team Team Quest (1999 - present) Dan Henderson Fitness Center
Wrestling Olympian Greco-Roman Wrestling[2]
NCAA Division I Wrestling[2]
Years active 1997 – present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 44
Wins 31
By knockout 15
By submission 2
By decision 14
Losses 13
By knockout 2
By submission 4
By decision 7
University Cal State Fullerton
Arizona State University
Children 3
Notable school(s) Victor Valley High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21)
Dan Henderson
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Pan American Championships
2000 Cali -85 kg
1994 Mexico City -82 kg
1998 Winnipeg -85 kg
World Cup
1994 Kecskemet -82 kg
1996 Colorado Springs -82 kg
Pan American Games
1995 Mar del Plata -82 kg

Daniel Jeffery Henderson, (born August 24, 1970) is an American mixed martial artist and former Olympic wrestler, who competes as a middleweight and light heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the last Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion and was the last Welterweight 183 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st) and Middleweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) champion of Pride Fighting Championships. He was the only mixed martial artist to concurrently hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion. Henderson is also the UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Winner, the 1997 Brazil Open Lightweight Tournament Champion, the RINGS King of Kings 1999 Tournament Winner, and the 2005 PRIDE Welterweight Grand Prix Champion. He is regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. As of October 5, 2015, Henderson is #12 in the official UFC middleweight rankings.[3]


  • Wrestling career 1
  • Mixed martial arts career 2
    • Brazil Open Tournament 2.1
    • UFC 17 2.2
    • Rings: King Of Kings 2.3
    • PRIDE Fighting Championships 2.4
    • UFC return 2.5
    • Coaching The Ultimate Fighter and aftermath 2.6
    • Strikeforce 2.7
    • Third UFC Run 2.8
  • Personal life 3
  • Team Quest 4
  • Championships and awards 5
    • Mixed martial arts 5.1
    • Amateur wrestling 5.2
  • Mixed martial arts record 6
  • Submission grappling record 7
  • Championship titles 8
  • Filmography 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Wrestling career

Dan Henderson was born in Downey, California and grew up in Apple Valley, California.[4] Henderson competed in Freestyle Wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling, but is best known for his accomplishments in Greco Roman.

He attended Victor Valley High School[5] in Victorville, California, and earned medals at the California State Wrestling Championships in 1987 and 1988. He finished 2nd in 1987 and 5th in 1988. He was a member of the 1987 Victor Valley High School wrestling team state champions. In 1988 Henderson became a national champion in both Greco Roman and Freestyle, at the junior level.

After high school Henderson delayed pursuing a college wrestling career, instead deciding to focus on Greco Roman. However, he would go to wrestle a season each at Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) and Arizona State University (ASU). He qualified for the 1993 NCAA championships.[6]

In Greco Roman Henderson became the university national champion in 1991, 1993 and 1994. He was the national champion at the senior level in 1993, 1994 and 1997. He represented the United States in the 1992 Summer Olympics and 1996 Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman wrestling.[7] He finished in 10th place in 1992 and 12th in 1996.

Henderson also competed at the FILA Wrestling World Championships in 1994 and 1997. He finished in 12th place in 1994 and 7th in 1997. Other notable accomplishments include a bronze medal in 1995 at the quadrennial Pan American Games, which decides the best wrestler in the North and South America, and a gold medal in the 2000 Pan American Championships. At this competition Henderson upset Luis Enrique Méndez in the finals, 3-2. Mendez was the 1999 FILA World Champion and Pan Am Games gold medalist.

Henderson missed becoming a 3 time Olympian in 2000. The U.S. was instead represented by Quincey Clark. Henderson made it to the 2001 world team trials finals, but was defeated in the championship match by Matt Lindland, who had recently moved up a weight class, and who would go on to win a silver medal in the World Championships. After this, Henderson decided to dedicate his focus to his MMA career. He is notable for the fact that for the first 13 fights of his MMA career, he was juggling his time between MMA and wrestling, and still found success in both.

Mixed martial arts career

He began training in mixed martial arts in 1997, when he joined the Real American Wrestling team (RAW).[8]

Brazil Open Tournament

1997 saw Henderson make his debut in MMA, following in the footsteps of other wrestlers who were finding success in the sport. Henderson entered the Brazil Open Lightweight Tournament, which had a weight limit of 176 pounds, the lightest Henderson would ever compete at. It was a 1 night tournament, featuring 4 competitors. Also competing in the tournament was Brazilian Vale Tudo legend, Jose Landi-Jons. After two relatively quick finishes, Henderson earned himself the tournament championship.

UFC 17

A little less than one year later, Henderson entered his 2nd MMA tournament, also a 4-man tournament to be completed in one night. This time however, the weight limit was 199 pounds.UFC 17 would mark the start of Henderson's on-again off-again relationship with the UFC, which would span 3 decades. He defeated Allan Goes and Carlos Newton in closely contested contests to earn his 2nd MMA tournament championship. A punch delivered from Newton in their fight broke Henderson's jaw, but he continued fighting through it.

Rings: King Of Kings

About 1.5 years later, Henderson entered his 3rd MMA tournament. This time the amount of competitors in the tournament was 32, and there was no weight limit for any of the fighters. The tournament would be held over the course of 2 nights. The first two rounds would be held late 1999, while the final 3 would be in early 2000. The tournament was full of many notable competitors, and Henderson faced Gilbert Yvel, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Renato Sobral. Despite only weighing in at 199 pounds, and routinely being outweighed by more than 30 pounds, Henderson won all 5 of his fights, and became the Rings: King of Kings Tournament 1999 champion.

PRIDE Fighting Championships

Henderson began competing in Pride Shockwave 2005 by defeating Murilo Bustamante by split decision. The opening two rounds of the 8 man tournament were fought at Pride Bushido 9, where Henderson knocked out both Ryo Chonan and Akihiro Gono. Along with this tournament victory, he was also awarded the Pride Welterweight Championship.

in 2006 Henderson lost a decision in a rematch against Kazuo Misaki. It was the first time in Henderson's 10-year career that he lost a fight competing against an opponent under 205 pounds. Henderson's final Pride bout was a rematch with Wanderlei Silva at Pride 33 in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 24, 2007, where he scored a knockout victory to become Middleweight Champion(205 pounds), while still holding his Welterweight title. Henderson became the first fighter to simultaneously hold titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA organization. Overall, Henderson went 13-5 with Pride, with 8 victories coming by stoppage.

UFC return

On September 8, 2007, Henderson returned to the UFC to face light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 75 in London, England. In a closely contested fight that saw Henderson impose his will early, Jackson controlled the later rounds and won a five-round unanimous decision to retain his title and gain the Pride middleweight title.

On November 17, 2007, it was announced during the post fight at UFC 78 that Henderson would fight UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to unify the Pride welterweight (183 lb) and UFC middleweight (185 lb) championships. UFC 82 took place on March 1, 2008 and was held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Despite winning the first round, Henderson lost via submission at 4:52 of the second round by rear naked choke.

Henderson bounced back from his inauspicious start in the UFC with a victory over Rousimar Palhares at UFC 88, winning by unanimous decision. It was his first win in the UFC in over ten years. After the bout, Henderson laughed and said, "Hopefully I don't have to wait that long before I get my next win."

Henderson returned to the light heavyweight division to face former UFC Middleweight champion Rich Franklin on January 17, 2009, at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland. Henderson won the fight via a split decision following an eye-poke in the third round that many, including Franklin himself, thought was intentional. He was subsequently selected to lead Team U.S. on season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter, with Michael Bisping coaching the opposing Team UK.

Coaching The Ultimate Fighter and aftermath

The reality TV show, which spawned a feud between the two coaches that continued until their fight, aired on Spike TV and premiered on April 1, 2009, with the live finale on June 20, 2009 in Las Vegas.

On July 11, 2009 at UFC 100 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Henderson and Bisping settled their differences with their fists, culminating with Henderson becoming the first man to knock Bisping out, doing so in the second round with an overhand right to the jaw as Bisping was circling to Henderson's right. This win put Henderson back into contention for a title shot at the UFC Middleweight Champion. The knockout punch also won Henderson a $100,000 bonus for "Knockout of the Night", and is considered one of the greatest knockouts in the history of the sport.

Controversy arose from the fight due to Henderson immediately following up his knockout punch with a flying forearm-drop to the prone Bisping's head shortly before referee Mario Yamasaki ended the fight at 3:20.[9]

Immediately after the fight, Henderson stated that "I hit him hard, but I got that last blow in just to shut him up a little bit." After UFC president Dana White said Henderson had made the comment in jest, Henderson clarified by stating, "When you're in the heat of the moment, the ref hadn't stopped me yet, who knows what's going to happen, if he's going to recover. I really only hit him twice, once on my feet, once on the ground. I didn't keep going. I didn't go after him after the ref tried to stop me, it was nothing like that. It was a reaction of mine to keep going until I was stopped—and you know, it did feel good though."[10]


Dan Henderson signed a four-fight, 16-month deal with Strikeforce on December 5, 2009, after his contract expired with the UFC. Henderson made his Strikeforce debut on April 17, 2010 at Strikeforce on CBS against Jake Shields.[11] He was also eyed for a light heavyweight match against Gegard Mousasi,[12] and expressed interest in eventually fighting Fedor Emelianenko at some point during his contract.[13] Henderson lost his Strikeforce debut to Jake Shields. Despite hurting Shields and knocking him down in the 1st round, Henderson went on to lose by unanimous decision. The majority of the last rounds were spent on the ground where Shields controlled the fight via grappling. (49–46, 49–45, 48–45).

Henderson faced Renato Sobral on December 4, 2010 at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu.[14] Henderson won the fight via KO at 1:53 of the first round.

Henderson defeated Rafael Cavalcante via third round TKO for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship at Strikeforce 32. After two rounds in which all three judges had the score tied 19-19, Henderson dropped Cavalcante with his famed right hand in the third before referee Dan Miragliotta called the fight off at the 0:50 mark.

Henderson fought Fedor Emelianenko on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson.[15][16] Many had speculated that Henderson would meet Fedor at a catch weight, but Strikeforce later confirmed the fight as a heavyweight bout. Henderson said, "Its tough for me to gain weight. I did weightlifting and plenty of eating; I don’t know what else I’m supposed to do. I’m not going to feel outmatched or small in there."[17] He had to step on the scales weighing at least 206 pounds in order to qualify for the heavyweight division, and weighed in at 207. Fedor weighed in a bit below his normal weight, with the scale reading 223 pounds.[18] Henderson defeated Emelianenko via KO[19][20][21] at 4:12 of the 1st round. This was the last fight on Henderson's Strikeforce contract. Henderson said he would like to re-sign to defend his Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.

Third UFC Run

Shortly after the UFC 133 pre-fight press conference, Dana White commented on the potential to bring Henderson back to the UFC for a third go-around. "We’ll see what happens," White said on Thursday in Philadelphia. "‘Hendo and I have had some history in dealing. We’ll see if we can figure something out and get him back in the UFC."[22] Later Henderson commented, "I think the biggest fight they could promote is probably a title unification with whoever is the champ in the UFC."[23]

Henderson faced Maurício Rua on November 19, 2011 at UFC 139 for his third run in the UFC.[24] He won the bout via unanimous decision. The back and forth action earned both fighters Fight of the Night honors, and was described by many as one of the greatest fights in UFC history.[25][26]

UFC President Dana White announced during the post-fight press conference of UFC 145 that Henderson would be the next opponent for Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.[27]

The bout with Jones was expected to take place on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[28] However, Henderson withdrew from the fight citing a knee injury, and the remainder of the fight card was cancelled.[29]

Henderson faced Lyoto Machida on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[30] He lost the bout via split decision.

Henderson faced Rashad Evans on June 15, 2013 in the main event at UFC 161.[31] He lost via split decision.

Henderson faced Vitor Belfort in a rematch on November 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 32.[32] Henderson defeated Belfort in their first encounter in 2006 at Pride 32 via unanimous decision. He lost the fight via knockout in the first round, marking the first time in his MMA career that he had been stopped due to strikes. The match with Belfort was the last fight of Henderson's contract with UFC. On January 22, Henderson revealed to UFC Tonight that he signed a new, six-fight contract with the UFC.[33]

In January 2014, a rematch with Maurício Rua was announced to take place on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38.[34] Despite losing the first two rounds after being knocked down by Rua, Henderson rallied back in the third round and won the fight via TKO due to punches. The win also earned Henderson his third Fight of the Night bonus and first Performance of the Night bonus.[35]

Making a quick return to the cage, Henderson faced Daniel Cormier on May 24, 2014 at UFC 173.[36] He lost the fight via submission (technical submission/rear-naked choke) in the third round after being out-wrestled and held down on the bottom for the majority of the fight.[37]

On November 12, 2014, the UFC announced that Henderson would move down to Middleweight to face Gegard Mousasi on January 24, 2015 in the co-main event at UFC on Fox 14.[38] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[39]

Henderson faced Tim Boetsch on June 6, 2015 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 68.[40] He won the fight via knockout at 28 seconds of the first round.[41]

Henderson is expected to face Vitor Belfort in a rubber match at UFC Fight Night 77 on November 7, 2015.[42]

Personal life

Henderson grew up on a ranch in Apple Valley, California. He started wrestling at a young age and started being noticed as a relentless competitor. When he entered high school he placed on the wrestling team with his brother Tom at Victor Valley High, which was coached by Sam Gollmyer and assisted by their father Bill Henderson and Joe Barrios. He is of Native American, English, and French descent.[43] Henderson has been prescribed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) after being diagnosed with low testosterone levels in 2007.[44]

Henderson was coached by Bob Anderson, of the defunct California Jets. He placed second at the California State Wrestling Championship in 1987 and Victor Valley won the team title. In 1988, he placed fifth in the state finals and several months later won national crowns in both freestyle and Greco Roman at the Junior Nationals in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

According to the March 2007 Confederated Umatilla Journal: "Henderson's grandmother, Alice (Bergevin) LeJune, is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes and owns land on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. From all accounts, Henderson is 1/16 Walla Walla Native American." In the interview Henderson commented: "Now I know I'm Walla Walla. It's refreshing to find some of those things out. I look Indian and I knew I had some, but I didn't know what tribe or exactly how much. It will be good to be able to tell my kids about their heritage."[45]

Team Quest

Dan Henderson is an owner of Team Quest Fitness Gym located in Temecula, California.

As of February 28, 2011, Henderson is in litigation over the Team Quest trademark with former teammate Matt Lindland.[46]

Championships and awards

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 31–13 Tim Boetsch KO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson June 6, 2015 1 0:28 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Loss 30–13 Gegard Mousasi TKO (punches) UFC on Fox 14 January 24, 2015 1 3:53 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 30–12 Daniel Cormier Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 173 May 24, 2014 3 1:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 30–11 Maurício Rua TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 3 1:31 Natal, Brazil Fight of the Night; Performance of the Night.
Loss 29–11 Vitor Belfort KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson November 9, 2013 1 1:17 Goiânia, Brazil
Loss 29–10 Rashad Evans Decision (split) UFC 161 June 15, 2013 3 5:00 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Loss 29–9 Lyoto Machida Decision (split) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 29–8 Maurício Rua Decision (unanimous) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 5 5:00 San Jose, California, United States Fight of the Night. Fight of the Year (2011).
Win 28–8 Fedor Emelianenko TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson July 30, 2011 1 4:12 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States Heavyweight bout.
Win 27–8 Rafael Cavalcante TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson March 5, 2011 3 0:50 Columbus, Ohio, United States Won the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 26–8 Renato Sobral KO (punches) Strikeforce: St. Louis December 4, 2010 1 1:53 St. Louis, Missouri, United States Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 25–8 Jake Shields Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Nashville April 17, 2010 5 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States For the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
Win 25–7 Michael Bisping KO (punch) UFC 100 July 11, 2009 2 3:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC Middleweight title eliminator; Knockout of the Night; Knockout of the Year (2009).
Win 24–7 Rich Franklin Decision (split) UFC 93 January 17, 2009 3 5:00 Dublin, Ireland Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 23–7 Rousimar Palhares Decision (unanimous) UFC 88 September 6, 2008 3 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 22–7 Anderson Silva Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 82 March 1, 2008 2 4:50 Columbus, Ohio, United States For UFC Middleweight & Pride Welterweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Loss 22–6 Quinton Jackson Decision (unanimous) UFC 75 September 8, 2007 5 5:00 London, England For UFC Light Heavyweight Championship & Pride Middleweight Championship.
Win 22–5 Wanderlei Silva KO (punch) Pride 33 February 24, 2007 3 2:08 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the Pride Middleweight Championship
Win 21–5 Vitor Belfort Decision (unanimous) Pride 32 - The Real Deal October 21, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Loss 20–5 Kazuo Misaki Decision (unanimous) Pride - Bushido 12 August 26, 2006 2 5:00 Nagoya, Aichi, Japan Pride 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 20–4 Kazuo Misaki Decision (unanimous) Pride - Bushido 10 April 2, 2006 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 19–4 Murilo Bustamante Decision (split) Pride Shockwave 2005 December 31, 2005 2 5:00 Saitama, Japan Pride 2005 Welterweight Grand Prix Final; Won the Pride Welterweight Championship.
Win 18–4 Akihiro Gono KO (punches) Pride Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 1 7:58 Tokyo, Japan Pride 2005 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 17–4 Ryo Chonan TKO (punches) Pride Bushido 9 September 25, 2005 1 0:22 Tokyo, Japan Pride 2005 Welterweight Grand Prix Second Round.
Loss 16–4 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Submission (armbar) Pride Total Elimination 2005 April 23, 2005 1 8:05 Osaka, Osaka, Japan Pride 2005 Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 16–3 Yuki Kondo Decision (split) Pride Shockwave 2004 December 31, 2004 3 5:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 15–3 Kazuhiro Nakamura TKO (shoulder injury) Pride 28 October 31, 2004 1 1:15 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 14–3 Murilo Bustamante TKO (punches) Pride Final Conflict 2003 November 9, 2003 1 0:53 Tokyo, Japan Pride 2003 Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout.
Win 13–3 Shungo Oyama TKO (punches) Pride 25 March 16, 2003 1 3:28 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Loss 12–3 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Submission (armbar) Pride 24 December 23, 2002 3 1:49 Fukuoka, Fukuoka, Japan
Loss 12–2 Ricardo Arona Decision (split) Pride 20 April 28, 2002 3 5:00 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 12–1 Murilo Rua Decision (split) Pride 17 November 3, 2001 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–1 Akira Shoji TKO (punches and knees) Pride 14 - Clash of the Titans May 27, 2001 3 3:18 Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Win 10–1 Renzo Gracie KO (punch) Pride 13 - Collision Course March 25, 2001 1 1:40 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Loss 9–1 Wanderlei Silva Decision (unanimous) Pride 12 - Cold Fury December 9, 2000 2 10:00 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 9–0 Renato Sobral Decision (majority) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final February 26, 2000 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Won Rings King of Kings 1999 Tournament Final.
Win 8–0 Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (split) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final February 26, 2000 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Rings King of Kings 1999 Tournament Semifinal.
Win 7–0 Gilbert Yvel Decision (unanimous) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Final February 26, 2000 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Rings King of Kings 1999 Tournament Quarterfinal.
Win 6–0 Hiromitsu Kanehara Decision (majority) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block A October 28, 1999 2 5:00 Tokyo, Japan Rings King of Kings 1999 Tournament 2nd Round.
Win 5–0 Bakouri Gogitidze Submission (knee to the body) Rings: King of Kings 1999 Block A October 28, 1999 1 2:17 Tokyo, Japan Rings King of Kings 1999 Tournament Opening Round.
Win 4–0 Carlos Newton Decision (split) UFC 17 May 15, 1998 1 15:00 Mobile, Alabama, United States UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Final. Won the UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament.
Win 3–0 Allan Goes Decision (unanimous) UFC 17 May 15, 1998 1 15:00 Mobile, Alabama, United States UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.
Win 2–0 Eric Smith Technical submission (standing guillotine choke) Brazil Open '97 June 15, 1997 1 0:30 Brazil won Brazil Open 1997 Lightweight Tournament.
Win 1–0 Crezio de Souza TKO (punches) Brazil Open '97 June 15, 1997 1 5:24 Brazil

Submission grappling record

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Loss Frank Shamrock Submission (heel hook) The Contenders 1997 1 0:56

Championship titles

Preceded by
Pat Miletich
UFC 17 UFC Middleweight Tournament winner
May 15, 1998
Succeeded by
Kenichi Yamamoto
New championship Pride FC Welterweight Tournament winner
December 31, 2005
Succeeded by
Kazuo Misaki
New championship 1st Pride FC Welterweight Champion
December 31, 2005 – March 1, 2008
Title Unified with UFC Middleweight Championship
Preceded by
Wanderlei Silva
2nd Pride FC Middleweight Champion
February 24, 2007 – September 8, 2007
Title Unified with UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Preceded by
Rafael Cavalcante
6th Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion
March 5, 2011 - September 19, 2011
Henderson signed with the UFC


Year Title Role Notes
2006 The King of Queens Priority Plus Driver TV Series (Episode: "Fight Schlub")
2005 Cubed Himself TV Series
2012 Dragon Eyes Beating Police Officer Film

See also


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  48. ^
  49. ^
  50. ^ 2009 Inside Fights MMA Awards – Part 3
  51. ^ MMA Magazine
  52. ^ Black Belt Magazine

External links

  • Official website
  • Official Dan Henderson MySpace
  • Professional MMA record for Dan Henderson from Sherdog
  • Olympic profile at
  • Clinch Gear
  • Official Clinch Gear MySpace
  • Dan Henderson at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • Team Quest
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