Dan Henderson is one of the most accomplished and admired champions in the history of mixed martial arts. Over the course of a storied career that began in 1997, Dan earned titles in multiple organizations and weight classes. In 2011, the two-time Olympic wrestler re-joined the UFC after a successful four-fight stint in Strikeforce, where he achieved three straight KO victories.
Today, the 45-year-old Henderson remains one of the world’s elite MMA athletes. Consistently ranked as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in all of mixed martial arts, Henderson has compiled a 31-13 record versus elite competition.
In March 2011, he won the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown in emphatic fashion, knocking out Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in the third round. In July 2011, he ventured into the heavyweight division to take on longtime Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko. Despite a considerable size disadvantage, Henderson defeated the legendaryRussian via TKO in the opening round.
The last man to hold both the 183 (welterweight) & 205-pound (middleweight) belts for the Pride Fighting Championships, Dan is the only athlete in mixed martial arts history to simultaneously possess titles in multiple weight divisions for a major organization. After winning the Pride welterweight championship in 2005, Henderson made mixed martial arts history on February 24, 2007, when he knocked out Wanderlei Silva to claim the Pride middleweight crown.
Henderson also owns more major tournament titles than any other athlete in MMA history, winning four different international events in three weight divisions—heavyweight, light heavyweight and middleweight. In 1997, he won the Brazil Open; in 1998, he won the UFC Middleweight tournament; in 2000 he won the RINGS King of Kings heavyweight tournament; and in 2005, he won the Pride Welterweight Grand Prix.
Dan coached Team USA on Season Nine of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter in spring 2009. On July 11, 2009, he faced his coaching counterpart, Michael Bisping, on the main card of UFC 100, which was the most-watched event in the organization’s history. Dan won via devastating knockout and earned the Knockout of the Night Award. Later in 2009, he received Knockout of the Year honors at the World MMA Awards show on Versus.
A former Greco Roman wrestler, Henderson won three senior national titles, a junior world title and represented the United States in both the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.
Distinguished by his ferocity in the ring and humility outside it, Henderson is one of the most respected and admired fighters in MMA. He co-founded the Team Quest Fight Club with Randy Couture in 2000 and currently owns Dan Henderson’s Athletic Fitness Center in Temecula, CA.
Mixed Martial Arts:
- 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)
- 2000 Pan American Games Champion
- 1998 Pan American Games bronze medalist
- 1997 US World Team member (7th)
- 1997 US Open Senior National Champion
- 1996 US Olympian, Greco Roman (12th)
- 1996 World Cup silver medalist
- 1995 Pan American Games bronze medalist
- 1994 US World Team member (12th) & 1997 (7th)
- 1994 US Open Senior National Champion
- 1994 World Cup silver medalist
- 1994 USA University Greco Roman National Champion
- 1993 US Open Senior National Champion
- 1993 USA University Greco Roman National Champion
- 1993 NCAA Qualifier (Arizona State University)
- 1992 US Olympian, Greco Roman (10th)
- 1991 USA University Greco Roman National Champion
- 1990 FILA Junior World Greco Roman Champion
- 1990 Amateur Wrestling News Freshman All American
- 1988 USA Junior National Freestyle and Greco Roman Champion
- 1988 California State Junior Freestyle Champion
- 1988 California Interscholastic Federation Championships, 5th
- 1987 California Interscholastic Federation Championships, 2nd