Beating Newton wasn’t Henderson’s first win in the Octagon but occurred on the same night. As fans undoubtedly remember, the UFC used to feature one-night tournaments. Henderson’s Split Decision over Newton came after outpointing Allan Goes in a semifinal scrap. Though the performance wasn’t necessarily pretty it still gave testament to how tough Henderson was, plus Newton was no joke at the time. Also notable, UFC 17 was an important event in itself, as it marked the first time the sport was referred to as “Mixed Martial Arts” and the initials UFC came into play in advertising rather than “Ultimate Fighting Championship”.
UFC light heavyweight Dan Henderson is as iconic as competitors come in Mixed Martial Arts. From his facial features to fighting style, “Hendo” is instantly recognizable and holds a place among the all-time greats as a man who has found consistent success for more than 15 years including titles in multiple organizations. In fact, while these countdowns tend to feature a Top 5 format, the 43-year old Henderson’s run in the ring has been so impressive he’s merited an extra five slots. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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