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Realistically, as much as the hardcore fan loves Dan Henderson, he’s not a household name. That’s a shame, because he’s done as much as anyone in the sport and deserves any accolade out there, but it’s true.
The UFC experienced a massive boon after the first Ultimate Fighter—when Henderson was fighting in PRIDE.
The promotion saw another bump around UFC 100, when Henderson was featured knocking out Michael Bisping in spectacular fashion—immediately after which he bolted to Strikeforce and became instantly less visible for fans who weren’t looking for him.
Upon returning to the UFC, he staged one of the greatest wars in the history of the sport against Shogun Rua, a war that he won—on a pay-per-view that is estimated to be one of the less-bought shows of 2011, despite how fantastic it was.
To the casual fan, Dan Henderson doesn’t get the respect he deserves. In terms of big-money matchmaking, it’s hard to justify him getting a shot before he becomes better known to the current mainstream audience.