Dan Henderson


Drops heartbreaker to Michael Bisping in final fight of career
October 8, 2016
Henderson came up short in the final fight of his career and his quest for the UFC Middleweight Championship, losing to Michael Bisping via unanimous decision (47-48, 47-48, 46-49) at UFC 204 on Saturday in Manchester, England.
It was an incredible fight and Henderson was seemingly inches away in both Rounds 1 and 2 from going out on top. Hendo threw very few strikes over the course of the fight, preferring to save his energy. It was a smart move. He connected with a pair of signature "H-Bombs" knocking down Bisping in each of the first two rounds. He nearly earned the stoppage win in both instances, especially in Round 1. The 46-year-old looked as strong as anyone could have possibly imagined in his final bout. Henderson understandably tired as the fight progressed, but he still appeared to be fairly fresh when the final bell rang. Hendo confirmed to Brian Stann after the fight that this would be the final bout of his career. It wasn't the fairly tale ending that the future Hall of Famer was hoping for, but Hendo should be mighty proud of his effort. It has been a stellar career.
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Set for swan song, title shot against Michael Bisping
October 7, 2016
Henderson (+215) is the underdog as he gets sets to challenge Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 204 on Saturday in Manchester, England.
Henderson has already announced that Saturday will be the last fight of his career no matter what the result ends up being. The 46-year-old is 3-6 in his last nine fights, and if he can't connect with one of his patented "H-Bombs", he has virtually no chance of winning. The UFC was generous enough to give Hendo one last shot at the spotlight, but the odds are that it will end poorly for him. He should have hung up his gloves eons ago.
Gets final shot at belt before retirement
August 5, 2016
Henderson will face Michael Bisping for the UFC Middleweight Championship at UFC 204 on Oct. 8 in Manchester, England, FOX Sports reports.
Henderson defeated Bisping with a vicious knockout the last time the two fighters met in the Octagon, but that was all the way back at UFC 100 in July 2009. At 45 years old, Henderson is simply a significantly different fighter. His chin certainly can't be what it once was, and his power has likely faded as well. To his credit, he did finish Hector Lombard in impressive fashion at UFC 199 in June, but before that fight, he was 2-6 in his last eight bouts. Hendo will enter this fight on Bisping's home turf as a heavy underdog, and whether he loses, or pulls off the crazy upset and earns a championship belt, this will be the last fight of his professional career.
Dan Henderson: Finishes Hector Lombard, considering retirement
June 4, 2016
Henderson defeated Hector Lombard via KO (elbow) at 1:27 of Round 2 at UFC 199 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
What a magical moment. With the entire crowd behind him, Henderson knocked Lombard out cold and then told Joe Rogan in his post-fight interview that this may very well have been the last fight of his career. It didn't come easy. Henderson started very quickly against a surprisingly cautious Lombard, but he got overwhelmed late in Round 1, and he was lucky to survive. Round 2 was a different story. Hendo landed a head kick that stumbled Lombard, but it was an awkward elbow to the side of Lombard's head that ended the fight. The way this fight ended seemed like a fluke, but it allowed Henderson one great moment in his Hall of Fame career. MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani noted that this was the last fight on Hendo's contract, so riding off into the sunset seems like a legitimate possibility.
June 2, 2016
Henderson (+335) is a heavy underdog for his middleweight fight against Hector Lombard that will take place at UFC 199 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
With a 2-6 record dating back to February 2013, Henderson is the only person on earth who thinks it’s a good idea for him to still be fighting. His chin has evaporated and he doesn’t have the foot speed or quickness to get into position to land one of his patented “H-Bombs”. Any fighter who can get past the first five minutes with Lombard has a pretty good chance of winning, but given what we have seen from Hendo over the last three-plus years, who seriously believes that he will be able to survive that first initial onslaught from Lombard? If Henderson loses, UFC President Dana White needs to threaten to release Henderson if he isn’t willing to step aside on his own.
Dan Henderson: Fight with Lyoto Machida called off
April 13, 2016
Henderson will no longer fight at the UFC on FOX event April 16, as his scheduled opponent, Lyoto Machida, has been pulled from the fight due to a potential anti-doping violation, according to a statement released by the UFC.
Henderson had been on track to see an opportunity to avenge his Feb. 2013 loss to Machida, but he'll no longer get his shot at the former middleweight champion. Machida admitted to failing a drug test for a substance that he claimed to be unaware of being banned, but rather than risk sending a fighter aided by performancing-enhancing drugs into the octagon against a 45-year-old Henderson, the UFC ultimately decided to take the safe route and scrap the bout. The promotion plans to schedule a new bout for Henderson "in the near future."