The most underrated career in history for this GOAT contender
In his career Dan Henderson has 9 wins over UFC world champions, 6 wins over Pride world champions, 3 wins over strikeforce world champions as well as wins against other champions from Bellator, Rings, Pancrase, WSOF and other major promotions
Dan himself was a 2 weight class Pride World champion as well as Pride world Grand Prix winner
UFC tournament champion
Strikeforce Light heavyweight champion
Rings Openweight Champion (rings was a major promotion in early MMA that decided their champions via tournaments)
He held some form of championship in ever promotion he ever fought for.
Wins including some of the all time greats of multiple weight classes Including
- Big Nog
- Shogun Rua x2
- Wanderlei Silva
- Rich Franklin
- Michael Bisping
- Murilo Bustamante x2
- Carlos Newton
- Babalu sobral x2
- Hector Lombard
- Rousimar Palhares
- Kazuo Misaki
- Yuki Kondo
- Ninja Rua
- Renzo Gracie
- Gilbert Yvel
- Kazuhiro Nakamura
- Tim Boetsch
- Vitor Belfort
He’s also the first ever “champ champ” of a major organization
He’s also one of very few men to win both UFC and Pride tournaments. He won a total of 4 mma tournaments in his career.
He was a world class fighter all the way from his UFC tournament win in the 1990’s til his final fight 20 years later, a controversial decision loss in a title fight against Bisping who he hurt on multiple occasions and nearly finished.
And he did it all while being undersized against most opponents.