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 Wrestling.
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 simultaneously.
As announced during the broadcast of UFC 71, Henderson will be the next challenger for the UFC Light Heavyweight title against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Current PRIDE Welter weight and Middle weight Champion
Weight Class: Middle Weight / Light Heavyweight
Weight: 199.5 lbs
MMA Record: 22-6-0
- UFC 17 (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.
- UFC 75: (9/8/07) Henderson lost to Quinton Jackson by unanimous decision at the end of the Fifth Round.