Henderson’s fight with Franklin doesn’t necessarily stand out as being particularly memorable but it still deserves some distinction as his first major victory in the Octagon. Their match-up was more of a matter of both being supremely skilled rather than any lack of aggression, leading to a stalemate of sorts. Strikes were exchanged, shots were landed, but neither ever got a true advantage. In the end, Henderson came away with a narrow decision nod, and the MMA world moved on in approval.
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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