On Saturday night, in the main event of UFC 204, MMA legend Dan Henderson stepped onto the canvas for a final time. The former Pride and Strikeforce titleholder did so against an old rival in Michael Bisping, in a bout that could have won him the UFC middleweight title.
Regrettably, Henderson was not able to achieve his title-winning happy ending. Though he nearly finished his British foe in the first and second rounds, the larger fight saw him soundly out-hustled by a workmanlike Bisping.
In the end, then, Bisping would win by unanimous decision, depriving Henderson of a W in his final fight, and of the UFC gold that has eluded him his whole career.
In the wake of this hotly debated decision loss, the retiring Henderson received props from many of the games top fighters, who thanked him for the years of entertainment and influence he has provided.
Check out the best of those reactions below.
— Roy Nelson (@roynelsonmma) October 9, 2016
@danhendo you are a warrior like none other. One of the greatest fighters this sport with ever see. Been an honor my friend.
— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) October 9, 2016
If there was a Mount Rushmore for Mma @danhendo would be on it.
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) October 9, 2016
— Dudu Dantas (@DuduDantasMMA) October 9, 2016
— Mike Pierce (@MikePierce170) October 9, 2016
I only wish I can leave the legacy that @danhendo has left behind in this sport… I'm going do the best I can to get close to it.
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) October 9, 2016
— patrick cote (@patrick_cote) October 9, 2016
I'm so amazed! Almost 50years old and fought a 5 round fight like a G. #hendonation
— Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) October 9, 2016
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) October 9, 2016
— Michael McDonald (@MaydayMcDonald) October 9, 2016
— Chris Camozzi (@ChrisCamozzi) October 9, 2016
— Roan Jucao (@jucao) October 9, 2016
— Louis Smolka (@LASTSAMURAIUFC) October 9, 2016
— Coach (@CMPunk) October 9, 2016
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) October 9, 2016
— Cung Le (@CungLe185) October 9, 2016
— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) October 9, 2016
What do you think about Dan Henderson’s legendary MMA career? Do you consider him on of the greatest of all time? Sound off, PENN nation!