21 Facts About Dan Henderson

1. Dan Henderson is married to his longtime girlfriend Rachel Malter.

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2. In 1999, Dan Henderson won his third tournament, the Rings: King of Kings tournament and was finally regarded as a force in the sport.

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3. Dan Henderson placed second at the California State Wrestling Championship in 1987 and Victor Valley won the team title.

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4. Dan Henderson won the fight via knockout at 28 seconds of the first round.

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5. Dan Henderson was eyed for a light heavyweight match against Gegard Mousasi, and expressed interest in eventually fighting Fedor Emelianenko at some point during his contract.

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6. Dan Henderson signed a four-fight, 16-month deal with Strikeforce on December 5, 2009, after his contract expired with the UFC.

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7. In 2006, Dan Henderson lost a decision in a rematch against Kazuo Misaki.

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8. Dan Henderson entered in three tournaments for the organization, winning the Welterweight tournament at Pride Shockwave 2005 by defeating Murilo Bustamante by split decision.

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9. Dan Henderson defeated Allan Goes and Carlos Newton in closely contested contests to earn his second MMA tournament championship.

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10. Dan Henderson was assistant wrestling coach at Cerritos College during the 1990s.

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11. Dan Henderson reached the 2001 world team trials finals, but was defeated by Matt Lindland, and after that focused on an MMA career.

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12. Dan Henderson represented the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics and placed 10th and 12th, respectively.

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13. Dan Henderson was the national champion at the senior level in 1993, 1994, and 1997.

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14. In 1988 Dan Henderson became a national junior champion in both Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling.

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15. Dan Henderson was a member of the 1987 Victor Valley High School wrestling team state champions.

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16. Dan Henderson attended Victor Valley High School in Victorville, California, and earned medals at the California State Wrestling Championships in 1987 and 1988.

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17. Dan Henderson placed second in 1987 and fifth in 1988.

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18. Dan Henderson competed in freestyle wrestling, but is much better known for his achievements in Greco-Roman wrestling.

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19. Dan Henderson was born in Downey, California and grew up in Apple Valley, California.

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20. Dan Henderson is widely regarded as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, having defeated a total of twenty-one MMA world champions across four major MMA promotions.

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21. Dan Henderson was the first mixed martial artist to concurrently hold two titles in two different weight classes in a major MMA promotion.

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