By The Numbers: Dan Henderson

By: Brian Knapp
Jul 2, 2021

Dan Henderson left an indelible mark on the sport of mixed martial arts.

A co-founder of the revolutionary Team Quest camp, “Hendo” compiled a 32-15 record across a remarkable career that spanned nearly two full decades. He was the first fighter to hold major championships in two weight classes simultaneously, engaged in some of the sport’s most memorable rivalries and put together a highlight reel that compares favorably to any of the all-time greats, wielding a nuclear right hand that struck fear into virtually every opponent he encountered. Henderson retired at the age of 46 in 2016 following a contentious unanimous decision loss to Michael Bisping in a failed bid to capture the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight crown.

As Henderson fades further and further into MMA’s rearview mirror, a look at some of the numbers he amassed during his 19-year run:

50: Years of age for Henderson, who was born on Aug. 24, 1970 in Downey, California, site of the oldest operating McDonald’s restaurant in the world.

5: Promotions in which Henderson has competed as a mixed martial artist. He went 13-5 in Pride Fighting Championships, 9-9 in the UFC, 5-0 in Rings, 3-1 in Strikeforce and 2-0 in Brazil Open Fight.

17: Henderson wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 53% of his career total (32). His list of victims includes Mauricio Rua, Fedor Emelianenko and Murilo Bustamante. Henderson owns one other win by submission and 14 more by decision.

406: Combined victories between the 14 men—Vitor Belfort (twice), Michael Bisping, Gegard Mousasi, Daniel Cormier, Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Jake Shields, Anderson Silva, Quinton Jackson, Kazuo Misaki, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Ricardo Arona and Wanderlei Silva—who managed to defeat Henderson. They own a cumulative record of 406-138-8 (.736).

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16: Henderson wins over former Bellator MMA, Strikeforce, Pride or World Series of Fighting champions. He defeated Rua, Bustamante and Renato Sobral twice each.

12: First-round finishes to Henderson’s credit.

4: Sub-minute stoppage victories on the Henderson resume. He choked Eric Smith unconscious with a guillotine 30 seconds into their tournament final at the Brazil Open on June 15, 1997, wiped out Bustamante with punches 53 seconds into their Pride Final Conflict pairing on Nov. 9, 2003, punched out Ryo Chonan just nine seconds into their Pride Bushido 9 encounter on Sept. 25, 2005 and brought down Tim Boetsch with punches 28 seconds into their UFC Fight Night 68 main event on June 6, 2015.

7: Countries in which Henderson competed as a mixed martial artist. He fought in the United States, England, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Ireland and Japan.

430,000: Dollars in post-fight bonuses banked by Henderson as a member of the UFC roster. He was awarded “Fight of the Night” honors four times, “Performance of the Night” twice and “Knockout of the Night” once across his 18 outings inside the Octagon.

14: Henderson appearances after the age of 40. He went a respectable 7-7 in those bouts. Advertisement

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