Nogueira is one of the top heavyweights to ever take to the ring, possessing an enormous amount of heart, some slick boxing skills, and a next-level ground-game. Though Henderson is fairly far South of being a legitimate heavyweight, he’s never backed down from a challenge even when the odds were against him. That was never more true than in 2000 when he competed in a single-night tournament involving three tilts. Along the way to winning things Henderson beat a prime Nogueira, resulting in as fine a feather as can be flown in one’s career-oriented cap.
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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