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Jon Jones recently ascended to the top of some P4P ratings, for what it's worth. But in Dan Henderson is Jon Jones facing the greatest fighter in the history of the sport? Henderson has been fighting for 15 years in an 18 year old sport, and in the eyes of many, has earned first place.

MMAJunkie's Dany Acosta breaks down the arguments for Hendo's place in the pantheon.

Quality of wins:

Henderson beat 10 big-show champions: Carlos Newton, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Murilo Bustamante, Kazuo Misaki, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva, Rich Franklin, Rafael Cavalcante, Fedor Emelianenko and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Comparatively, Anderson Silva, has wins over six champions.

Quality of losses:

Of Henderson's eight losses, only Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira have not held notable titles. Henderson also holds victories over three (Misaki, Wanderlei and Big Nog) of the opponents who defeated him.

None of the four fighters to best Anderson Silva wore a significant championship belt in his career.

The minuses:

The hang-up in calling Henderson the greatest all-time, is a March 2008 second-round rear-naked-choke defeat to Anderson Silva. Silva's 14-0 run through the UFC is a defining streak of longevity that has always eluded Henderson. After starting his career 9-0, Henderson's win column is almost entirely comprised of three- and four-fight win streaks, interrupted by one of eight career losses.

Henderson is 1-3 in his most recent title bouts. He fell to light-heavyweight champ "Rampage" via unanimous decision in September 2007, and tapped out to Anderson Silva six months later. He left the octagon for Strikeforce, where he was upset by middleweight champion Jake Shields.

The big plus:

Where Henderson surpasses Silva is in his divisional jumping. The significance in jumping up two weight classes to best the two greatest heavyweights of the generation Fedor Emelianenko and Big Nog) is a feat that cannot be understated.

Like Henderson, Silva has been successful in three weight classes, but with much less frequency.

The bottom line:

If Henderson stops Jones' ferocious title run comprised of former titleholders, there may be little controversy in calling him the greatest ever.

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5/1/12 9:08 PM
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Top ten for sure, had some great moments, but also lost in big moments from time to time too.
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Def up there. Quite a resume. Phone Post
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Underground Blog - Henderson has been fighting for 15 years in an 18 year old
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 Chael Sonnen is.
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Not even close.
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If he beats Jones he gets that stamp.

If he loses, he still might.
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IwillSuckTheSkinOffYourBone -  Hendo is #2 on all time GOAT lists, only behind Silva. He might have more wins over champions, since he never was a champion himself, Silva is a champion, so its harder for him to fight champions by sitting at the chair himself.
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This is a fucking joke. The guy has several undeserved victories on his record and has improved his game at an advanced age due to a doping loophole.
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IwillSuckTheSkinOffYourBone -  Hendo is #2 on all time GOAT lists, only behind Silva. He might have more wins over champions, since he never was a champion himself, Silva is a champion, so its harder for him to fight champions by sitting at the chair himself.


he used to be pride champ at two different weight classes what do u mean he was never a champion?
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HOF/Legend. One of the best to date. This sport is too young to have a "Greatest of all Time". It's a silly notion.
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IwillSuckTheSkinOffYourBone -  Hendo is #2 on all time GOAT lists, only behind Silva. He might have more wins over champions, since he never was a champion himself, Silva is a champion, so its harder for him to fight champions by sitting at the chair himself.


he used to be pride champ at two different weight classes what do u mean he was never a champion?
The PRIDE titles were bullshit. Both Hendo and the guy that he won his second belt from lost in non-title fights in division during their reigns. Silva only defended his belt four times in five years (only twice against legit opposition). Henderson never defended his.   
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In the top 3 imo
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I swear, every time Dan fights now, this topic comes up. He is not the greatest fighter of all time in any way shape or form.
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I have Fedor and Silva ahead of him. Dan is great but "fightfinder" is a little misleading. He's had a lot of very close and some controversial decisions go his way. Phone Post
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Ugh yeah he'd be the goat p4p if he captures the belt than he has had more belts than anyone just about against all top fighters during there respective times. Being undefeated doesn't matter it's all about the gold Mikey Phone Post
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Is he the GOAT? = probably not

Is he the BBOAT = probably

(biggest balls of all time)


Neither Silva, GSP nor Fedor would take some of the fights Dan has. Hendo just doesn't give a fuck.
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Good article. If Hendo beats Jones, he's #1 easily. There would simply be no comparison between Hendo's best victories and Silva's, and Silva's win over Hendo is not enough to overcome that fact.
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Fuckin bunch of squawking hens. Hendo is nowhere near GOAT now go watch Ellen. Phone Post

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