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Can Dan Henderson pull off the greatest exit in MMA History?

October 08, 2016

Can Dan Henderson pull off the greatest exit in MMA History?

Dan Henderson is slated to pull off what may be considered the greatest exit in MMA history. A long-time veteran of the sport, Henderson (46) has been  around since the days of Pride and has faced some of the sport's biggest names including Fedor Emelianenko, Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva and Maurício Rua. What's even more impressive than that, is that he beat each one them.

There was no victory more stunning however, then when Henderson defeated the current Middleweight champ Michael Bisping. It happened back in 2009 after they spent some time as coaches on the reality TV show "The Ultimate Fighter." During that time, Bisping managed to get under Henderson's skin with his loud and boisterous personality, which runs contrary to his own even-tempered demeanor.

At the live finale on June 20, 2009 in Las Vegas, Dan Henderson did his talking in the octagon with one of the most brutal knockouts in MMA history (2009 Knockout of the Year). In the second round, Henderson sent Bisping straight to the canvas with an overhand right that was delivered squarely to his jaw. As Bisping laid unconscious, Dan delivered a final blow via a flying forearm-drop to Bisping's head that was both vicious and beautiful at the same time.

Much has changed in the world of MMA since that night seven years ago. For instance, Michael Bisping is now the UFC Middleweight champion of the world. One thing that hasn't though, is the power that Henderson possesses in his right hand which can end anyone's night in a hurry.

Win or lose, Henderson has made it clear that this is going to be the last time we see him in the octagon. Can he repeat his highlight of 2009, claim the only belt that he hasn't won and retire on top as others have tried before, all on the same night? If so, it would be hard to argue that it would be the greatest exit in all of MMA history.

In case you missed their first fight or you want to relive the moment again, here you go...

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