Dan Henderson is one of the best fighters in MMA. At 42, he is still a dangerous opponent for any fighter.

Dan Henderson is one of the best fighters in MMA. At 42, he is still a dangerous opponent for any fighter.

In the world of mixed martial arts, Dan “Hendo” Henderson is one of the all-time greats. Still today, the 42-year-old fighter is one of the best in the entire sport and one of the most dangerous fighters in the light heavyweight division. Henderson has a 29-9 career record and has wins over some of the best fighters in the world.

What are his most notable wins, losses, and what is next for the California native?

Notable Wins

When you amass the number of wins Henderson has during his career, there will certainly be a few that stand out. Among those that stand out for the former PRIDE light heavyweight and PRIDE middleweight champion are wins spread across the world.

  • PRIDE Shockwave 2005 vs. Murilo Bustamante

During this New Year’s Eve show in Saitama, Japan, Henderson defeated Bustamante via split decision. The win earned Henderson the PRIDE welterweight title and came after impressive KO wins against Ryo Chonan and Akihiro Gono in the opening two rounds of the Grand Prix.

  • PRIDE 33 vs. Wanderlei Silva

Seven years earlier, Henderson suffered his first career defeat to Silva and returned the favor in his final PRIDE fight. He picked up the KO win in the third round to win the PRIDE middleweight title as he moved onto the UFC.

  • UFC 139 vs. Mauricio Rua

In what is one of the best fights in the history of the sport, Henderson picked up the unanimous decision victory against another legend of the sport.

Notable Loss

  • UFC 75 vs. Quinton Jackson

In his first fight in the UFC, Henderson and Jackson fought for 25 minutes in front of an excited crowd in London. The fight unified the PRIDE and UFC light heavyweight title.

What’s Next?

Henderson controversially lost his last fight via split decision to Lyoto Machida. It was a fight that could have earned him a title shot at Jon Jones and the UFC light heavyweight title. Instead, Henderson has to take a step back and take on another former champion in Rashad Evans to get back into the title hunt.