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Hendo

If you know MMA, then you know Dan “Hendo” Henderson. Hendo is a legendary middleweight and light heavyweight competitor in the UFC, an MMA champion and a former Olympic wrestler. Dan stands out among all other fighters because he is the only mixed martial artist ever to have simultaneously held titles in two different weight classes in a key MMA promotion. Dan incredibly held the PRIDE middleweight and welterweight titles AT THE SAME TIME! Dan has more major tournament title wins than any other MMA fighter. He has won four events in three different weight divisions: heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight.

Dan jumped right in as a force to be reckoned with from his very debut in 1997, when he won the Brazil Open. Dan’s awesome talent led him to quickly follow-up in 1998 with a title win in the UFC Middleweight tournament. Collecting title after title, Dan continued on, winning the RINGS King of Kings heavyweight tournament in 2000, the Grand Prix for the PRIDE welterweight in 2005 and the PRIDE middleweight championship by KO in 2007. In 2009, Dan’s much anticipated fight against rival, Michael Bisping made UFC ratings history. Dan demanded his victory with one of the ugliest knockouts on record in the MMA and earning him the “KO of the Night” award. That dramatic knockout has been remembered by everyone (except Bisping) since that night and is relived time and time again in UFC highlight reels. (Bisping has been honest about his loss of memory due to Dan’s knockout punch.) Not letting up, Dan battled Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in 2011 and won the STRIKEFORCE light heavyweight title - again with a knockout. Later in 2011, he tackled the heavyweight division, astoundingly defeating Fedor Emelianenko in the opening round with a TKO!

Dan Henderson’s fighting history is unparalleled. It is the reason that Hendo is what other MMA fighters aspire to be.

A few facts you may or may not know about Hendo:

• Dan’s full name is Daniel Jeffery Henderson.
• Dan was born in Downey, California, USA on August 24, 1970. .
• Dan’s height is 5’ 11” (1.80m) but sources on the internet cite him everywhere from 5’8” to a gargantuan 7 feet tall! .
• Dan Henderson is ranked solidly among the elite fighters in mixed martial arts. As of the time of this post, he is ranked the #6 light heavyweight by Sherdog and #7 light heavyweight, by UFC..
• Dan lives in Temecula, California and owns an MMA gym called “Dan Henderson’s Athletic Fitness Center”..

Some of Hendo’s notable Mixed Martial Arts accomplishments:

STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight Champion (2011).
Knockout of the Year, World MMA Awards (2009).
PRIDE FC Middleweight Champion (2007).
PRIDE FC Welterweight Champion (2005).
PRIDE FC Bushido Welterweight Grand Prix Champion (2005).
RINGS King of Kings Absolute Tournament Champion (2000).
UFC 17 Middleweight Tournament Champion (1998).
Brazil Open Tournament Champion (1997).