One last fight

Dan Henderson, one of the greatest fighters to ever step foot in the cage, has decided it's time to hang up the gloves, after a 19-year-long career of dominance. On November 12 at UFC 204, the four-time world champion will step into the cage across from Michael Bisping in a five round brawl for the UFC middleweight championship. No matter the outcome, the legendary "Hendo" will step away from the fight game.

He made the announcement on the Talking Brawls Podcast, saying, "That is my plan, win or lose, I’m ready mentally to retire. My body could still probably go another two, three years more.

I’ve put it through enough. I’m ready to take it a little bit easier, but still be involved in MMA doing something a little bit different than fighting..."

Henderson made his MMA debut on June 15, 1997 at the Brazil Open Tournament and won the lightweight branch of the tourney. In the following year, he entered the middleweight tournament at UFC 17, and emerged victorious after winning two fights in a single night.

With his reputation well established, Henderson signed on with Pride Fighting Championships, where he was dominantover the course of seven years, claiming victories over fellow MMA legends Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva and winning titles in two different weight classes.He returned to the UFC in September of 2007, suffering back-to-back losses from "Rampage" Jackson and Anderson Silva.

Henderson was able to prove that he could bounce back from defeat, however, by going on a three fight win streak before signing with Strikeforce.


While competing in Strikeforce, Henderson went 3-1. He won the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title and scored a TKO victory over the famed Fedor Emlianenko.

While still holding the belt, he departed from the company and headed to the UFC for his third and final run with thecompany.

Since returning to the UFC, Henderson has continued to put on great performances for fight fans around the globe and won the 2011 Fight of the Year Award for his bout with Mauricio Rua at UFC 139.

He has slid considerably in the rankings as he nears retirement, but his rabid fan base and windomnible spirithas kept him in the title conversation. He will face Michael Bisping at UFC 204 in November.

But why Bisping? Well, it's simple really. The champ wants it; the fans want it; and Henderson wants to go out on the biggest stage possible, a world title fight.

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