Dan Henderson is an American former mixed martial artist and an Olympic wrestler. He competed as a middleweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the last Welterweight (80 kg (176.4 lb)) and Middleweight (95 kg (209.4 lb)) champion and also a Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion of Pride Fighting Championships.
He was the first ever MMA fighter to repeatedly hold two titles in two distinct weight classes in a major MMA promotion. He was the oldest MMA fighter on the UFC roster at the time of his retirement. He is known to be one of the best and greatest mixed martial artists of all time, defeating a sum of seventeen MMA world champions in four major MMA promotions (Strikeforce, UFC, PRIDE FC, and RINGS).
Dan Henderson Early Life
Dan Henderson was and brought up in Apple Valley, California. He has a set of skills in freestyle wrestling, but he is more widely known for his skills and achievements in Greco-Roman wrestling.
He attended his schooling at Victor Valley High School in California and earned awards for wrestling at the California State Wrestling Championships in the years 1987 and 1988. Henderson was a national junior champion in both freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling.
He delayed his pursuing of wrestling career after high school. But he did not stop competing in the state level, and he finally qualified for the 1993 NCAA championships.
In Greco-Roman wrestling, Henderson became the university national champion in 1991, 1993, and 1994. He was the national champion at the senior level in 1993, 1994, and 1997. He represented the United States in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympics and placed 10th and 12th, respectively.
Dan Henderson Religious Views
According to the reports, Henderson’s grandmother is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes, and she even owns land on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This makes Henderson 1/16 Walla Walla Native American.
Dan Henderson is a devout Christian and accepted Jesus Christ as his saviour at a very feeble age.
Dan Henderson Political Views
It is quite difficult to track Henderson’s political views, but he was spotted in a photograph of him standing with former US president George Bush after the Olympics. So we would be guessing that Henderson is a Republican.
Dan Henderson Personal Life
Henderson started wrestling at a very young age and got noticed as a relentless competitor. After entering high school, he placed on the wrestling team along with his brother Tom at Victor Valley High. He is of Native American, English, French and Scottish descent.
Henderson was diagnosed with low testosterone levels in 2007 and was prescribed testosterone replacement therapy (TRT). However, TRT was banned in UFC, which was followed by Henderson quitting using TRT “cold turkey.”