Of all the amazing wins in Henderson’s career it’s easy to say his TKO of Emelianenko stands out as the most jaw-dropping example of the legend’s in-ring ability. For years Emelianenko was labeled as the greatest heavyweight of all time. Though his reputation had been tarnished some by losses to Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva prior to the pairing, beating the stoic Russian was still seen as being almost an insurmountable task for the smaller Henderson. When the smoke cleared, Henderson’s power came through once again, hurting Emelianenko to the point the referee felt “The Last Emperor” was no longer defending himself and called for the bell.
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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