Daniel Jeffery Henderson (born August 24,
1970) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and the current
welterweight and middleweight champion of the PRIDE Fighting
Championship. He is associated with Team Quest. He has a professional
MMA record of 22-5-0 as of February 2007. He is originally from Apple
Valley, California and went to Victor Valley High School in Victorville,
California where he was a two-time California State Placer. He went on
to wrestle at Arizona State University, participating in the 1993 NCAA
Championships. He has trained with Pan Am Silver Medalist Jeff Funicello.
Afterwards he moved onto the international circuit competing for the
United States in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics in Greco-Roman
His most recent fight was at PRIDE 33 in Las Vegas on February 24, 2007,
where Henderson scored an upset by defeating
Wanderlei Silva via KO to
become the new Middleweight Champion.
Henderson is only the second fighter in MMA history to win two world
titles in two different weight classes in a major organization (along
with former Team Quest stablemate Randy
Couture) and is the first fighter to ever hold them
As announced during the broadcast of UFC
71, Henderson will be the next challenger for the UFC Light
Heavyweight title against Quinton
Current PRIDE Welter weight and Middle
Weight Class: Middle Weight / Light
Weight: 199.5 lbs
MMA Record: 25-7-0
(5/15/98): Henderson defeated Allan Goes by unanimous decision at
the end of the First Round. Henderson defeated Carlos Newton by
split decision at the end of the First Round.
(9/8/07) Henderson lost to
by unanimous decision at the end of the Fifth
(3/1/08) Henderson lost
by submission (Rear
Naked Choke) at 4:52 in the Second Round.
UFC 88: (9/6/08) Henderson
defeated Rousimar Palhares by unanimous decision at the end of the
UFC 93: (1/17/09) Henderson
defeated Rich Franklin by
split decision at the end of the Third Round.
UFC 100: (7/11/09) Henderson
defeated Michael Bisping by
KO at 3:20 in the Second Round.