He is the first fighter to win multiple Pride belts, hold multiple Pride belts simultaneously and was the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. The only thing missing from Dan Henderson’s mantle is a UFC title.
Henderson has had two opportunities and lost both. He lost a close unanimous decision to Rampage at UFC 75 and was choked out by Anderson Silva at UFC 82 when the Pride and UFC belts were unified.
When fans and analysts talk about the best fighters of all time it seems as if they forget one name – Dan Henderson. In Henderson’s career he has beaten the likes of Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin, Shogun and Fedor. Dan Henderson is the legend destroyer and with a win at UFC 151 he could destroy another legend.
Jon Jones has looked near unbeatable in his UFC career. His only loss is due to disqualification after an illegal 12-6 elbow. He defeated Shogun on short notice to win the title, choked out Machida in the second round, became the first to submit Rampage and dominated his biggest rival for five rounds.
If Henderson wins he is no doubt the greatest fighter of all time. He has defeated fighters from middleweight to heavyweight, held a title in every organization and with a win over Jones wouldn’t it be great to see him ride off into the sunset with the light heavyweight belt across his waist?